EU Withdrawal Bill

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday December 5 2017

Tories fail to protect devolution.

Ian Blackford has said that the Tory decision to vote against an amendment to the Brexit bill that would have protected devolution shows, yet again, that the Tories are putting their party’s interests before Scotland’s.

The MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber said that the Scottish Tories were guilty of failing Scotland, as the amendment would have protected the competences of the devolved administrations.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“By voting against the devolution amendment the Tories have failed the devolved administrations and ignored the devolution settlements.

“The Scottish Tories have been complicit in a power grab from Holyrood.

“They had a chance to protect devolution but instead chose to side with the hard Brexiteers.

“For the SNP it is clear - the Bill needs to be amended to ensure devolved powers, such as farming, fishing and food, remain devolved.

“Progress has been made in talks between the Scottish and UK governments on UK frameworks, but that cannot mean Westminster taking control over devolved powers, re-writing the devolution settlement, and dictating policy.

“The EU Withdrawal Bill, as drafted, drives a coach and horses through the founding principles of devolution and represents a complete betrayal of promises made during the EU referendum.

“The Scottish Tories are showing what they're good for - and that's absolutely nothing.

“They are letting Scotland down."



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