Thursday, 22 March 2018 05:43

TORIES VOTE TO UNDERMINE DEVOLUTION

The Scottish Tories today voted against legislation to protect Scotland’s devolved powers after Brexit – after trying to force through a wrecking amendment to make Holyrood subordinate to Westminster.
 

The Tories were left isolated in opposition to the Continuity Bill, which seeks to prepare Scotland’s laws for the impact of leaving the EU in the event that Holyrood refuses to consent to the UK’s Withdrawal Bill.
 
The Withdrawal Bill is a power grab, which would give Westminster authority over already devolved areas – undermining the principle of devolution.
 
Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:
 
“The Tories opposed the Scottish Parliament in the first place, and today shows they are still no friends of devolution – they think they can do anything they want to Scotland and get away with it.
 
“By voting against the Continuity Bill, the Tories showed that they are perfectly happy with a power grab over Holyrood – taking back control not from Brussels, but from Edinburgh to London.
 
“Not only that, but their wrecking amendment would have tied the hands of Holyrood – ultimately giving the UK government the final say on a huge range of powers.
 
“This approach is simply bizarre in this week of all weeks.
 
“With Ruth Davidson humiliated by Theresa May’s betrayal over fishing, and her MPs reduced to tossing haddock into the Thames in protest, it’s never been clearer that Scotland’s interests are an afterthought to the UK government.
 
“That’s exactly why we need a strong Scottish parliament – something that the Tories have always opposed.”

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