Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:14



SNP MPs have called on Scottish Secretary David Mundell to resign for "failing to lift a finger" to prevent an all-out power grab on the Scottish Parliament.

At today's House of Commons Scottish Questions, David Mundell refused to give any assurance to Scottish MPs that the UK government would not use Section 12 orders to impose UK-wide frameworks on Scotland in devolved areas against the consent of the Scottish Parliament.

In a series of questions from SNP MPs, it was revealed that the UK government has so far only agreed common frameworks with the Scottish Government in four of the twenty-four devolved areas where it has threatened to seize control from Holyrood - making it near impossible to complete the negotiations by the EU exit date on the 29th March 2019.

Commenting, SNP Scotland spokesperson Tommy Sheppard MP said:

"It is clearer by the day that David Mundell has failed to lift a finger to prevent an all-out Tory power grab on the Scottish Parliament. If he is unable or unwilling to do his job standing up for Scotland then he must resign.

"Time is now running out. The UK government's preparations on the common frameworks have been woefully inadequate, and as a result talks are not moving anywhere near fast enough to secure agreement with the devolved administrations before the UK crashes out of the EU exit door in March.

"The Scottish Secretary must provide firm guarantees that the UK government will not use Section 12 orders to rip up the devolution settlement, and impose Westminster rule against the consent of the Scottish Parliament if agreement cannot be reached in time. 

"Imposing UK-wide frameworks on Scotland without agreement would be an affront to Scottish democracy and it would seriously constrain the operation of devolved powers in a completely unacceptable and unworkable way.

"While SNP MPs are fighting Scotland's corner, the Tories seem determined to steamroller over our interests at every turn."

Video of the exchange between Tommy Sheppard and David Mundell:

‘UK ministers want temporary control of devolved areas post-Brexit’ -

‘David Mundell pledges 'Brexit BONANZA' for Scotland amid looming constitutional crisis’ -

‘Davidson and Mundell 'could resign over Brexit deal'’ -

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