Friday, 09 March 2018 07:16


The SNP has accused the Tory government in Westminster of thinking they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it after Cabinet Minister David Lidington reverted to the tired old spectre of Project Fear – by evoking the scaremongering tactics of 2014 – to justify the latest Tory attack on devolution.

The UK government today published a list of powers currently held at Holyrood that they want to see removed and exercised at Westminster – a clear attack on the devolution settlement voted for by 74% of voters in the 1997 referendum.
Mr Lidington said that if the Tory government couldn’t dictate post-Brexit devolution then food prices would skyrocket – a familiar threat, straight from the Better Together playbook.
However, CPI data shows that it is in fact the uncertainty caused by the Tories which is already driving up food prices – underlining both the need for Scotland to fully retain all devolved powers and the importance of remaining in the Single Market.
Commenting, Ash Denham MSP said:
“What’s crystal clear today is that our Scottish Parliament, and the very foundations of devolution, are under attack from the Tories – a party that has never won a democratic mandate in Scotland in over 60 years.
“They’ve laid out in black and white what they’re itching to get their hands on – powers over farming, fisheries, procurement policy that could open up the NHS to American health firms, state aid, GM crops, the environment, food standards and much more.
“After all their promises to respect Scotland 4 years ago it is clear the Tories still think they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it.
“They’re not seeking our consent – this is power play by decree.
“And they’ve resorted to the disgraceful scaremongering tactics we saw in 2014 to try and justify a systematic erosion of Holyrood’s powers.
“But the fact is this: the Tories own chaotic Brexit is jacking up the price on food and hammering Scottish households.
“A power grab won’t prevent that – it will exacerbate the problem.
“We need all the current powers at Holyrood and more to protect Scotland from the economic harm that the Tories own analysis shows is heading our way.”

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