Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:14

TOP ACADEMIC BACKS SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONTINUITY BILL

A leading Glasgow University Professor of Law, Tom Mullen, has backed the Scottish Government over the legitimacy of its Continuity Bill – saying the Bill is “entirely compatible” with European law and Scottish devolution. Professor Mullen is a legal expert with a specific research interest in Constitutional Law.
 

Speaking on Scotland Tonight on Tuesday, Professor Mullen said:
 
“On balance I tend to agree with the Scottish Government that this bill is within competence and it’s interesting to note that the Presiding Officer of the Welsh Assembly has taken a similar view of the Welsh bill, which is broadly similar to the Scottish continuity bill.
 
“I think the key thing is if you look at the bill in terms of its purpose and its effect, it’s designed to ensure the continuity of Scots laws in the devolved area, which are derived from European law after Brexit and it won't have any legal effects until after Brexit. So on that basis, I think that it is entirely compatible with European law and with the restrictions in the Scotland Act.”
 
Commenting, SNP MSP Ash Denham said:
 
“This support from leading Glasgow University Professor Tom Mullen adds weight to the Scottish Government’s position that the Continuity Bill is legitimate.

“Of course, this Bill is only going forward because the Tories  are attempting to  take powers away from the Scottish Parliament after Brexit. If they stop the power grab the bill can be withdrawn.  

“But we must ensure the devolution settlement the people in Scotland voted for is protected and that is what the Continuity Bill does.”

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