Pictured: SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP.
Responding to the votes on the Internal Market Bill in the House of Commons, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP said:
“The UK government’s decision to ignore the Lords’ amendments and reinsert law-breaking and devolution damaging clauses to the Bill highlights the sheer contempt this Tory government has for democracy and the rule of law.
“It speaks volumes that the Tories have chosen to bring back law-breaking clauses at such a critical moment in talks with our EU partners.
“This Bill is nothing short of a brazen power grab which will undermine devolution and override the democratic decisions of the devolved Parliaments.
“On the international stage, it demonstrates the Tories will trample over international law with their Trump-esque tactics in order to put their narrow party interests first, second and last.
“The SNP has been consistently clear – this Bill must be ditched. It is an affront to democracy and does nothing but isolate the UK further.
“Scotland can do so much better than an out-of-touch Westminster system acting against our interests.
“The only way to protect our interests is by becoming an independent country.”