Saturday, 15 December 2018 06:28



The Tories are making the case for independence, SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown has said – after this week’s ruling from the UK Supreme Court exposed the “astonishing lengths” the UK government have gone to undermine devolution.

The Supreme Court this week ruled that the Scottish Government’s Continuity Bill, necessary to prepare Scotland’s laws for Brexit, was within competence when passed by MSPs, apart from one section. 

However, after Holyrood had passed the Bill, the Tories deliberately delayed the act becoming law and moved the goalposts by passing their own legislation to cut the Scottish Parliament’s powers and to make other parts of the bill retrospectively outwith the Scottish parliament’s competence.  

Commenting, Keith Brown said:

“With every day that passes, the Tories are making the case for independence. The UK Government’s behaviour over the Continuity Bill – exposed this week by the UK Supreme Court – shows the utter contempt with which they are treating Scotland. 

“With the UK government’s approach to Brexit in complete and utter chaos, it’s no wonder the Scottish Parliament didn’t trust Westminster to prepare our laws for life after Brexit. 

“But the astonishing lengths the Tories have went to tie Holyrood’s hands should shock all democrats. 

“Scotland never voted for Brexit, but we’re having a one-size-fits-all approach imposed on us by a Tory party who simply can’t be trusted. 

“It is now clearer than ever that Westminster is simply not working for us and that only independence will put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.”  

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