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Scotland to discuss new post Brexit powers for Holyrood, but warns of Westminster “power grab”

Wednesday, August 9th 2017 - 12:15 UTC
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First Secretary of State Damian Green will meet Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Scotland's Brexit Minister Michael Russell in Edinburgh. First Secretary of State Damian Green will meet Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Scotland's Brexit Minister Michael Russell in Edinburgh.

The possibility of releasing new powers to Holyrood after Brexit will be discussed in talks between the UK and Scottish ministers scheduled for this Wednesday. First Secretary of State Damian Green will meet Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Scotland's Brexit Minister Michael Russell in Edinburgh.

 The Scottish government has warned of a Westminster “power grab” over fishing, farming and the environment. UK ministers insist many new powers will be given to Scotland.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell, who will also attend the talks, has previously spoken of powers ''bonanza'' for Holyrood.

Under the UK government's Repeal Bill, EU law repatriated from Brussels would go to Westminster in the first instance. Ahead of Wednesday's talks, Mr Green said a common UK-wide approach would be necessary in some areas.

But he added: “There will be other areas where I intend that the Scottish and UK governments can make progress in identifying policy areas that could be released to Holyrood under the new legislative arrangements.

”We expect there will be a significant increase in the decision-making power of each devolved administration and we want to address this in a way which delivers certainty and continuity for people and businesses across the UK.“

The Scottish government remains skeptical, with Michael Russell arguing the Repeal Bill represents ”a fundamental attack on the principles of devolution“.

He said: ”The bill - as it currently stands - means that Westminster would take exclusive control over significant areas of devolved policy, such as support for Scotland's farmers and food producers and many aspects of environmental protection and control of our seas.

“We know that the UK government has its eye on more than 100 policy areas. That is a direct threat to the devolution settlement which the people of Scotland overwhelmingly voted for in 1997.

”Both we and the Welsh government have made it clear we could not recommend legislative consent to the bill as it stands, and today we will make clear that changes must be made to protect devolution.”

 

Categories: Politics, International.
Tags: Brexit, Scotland.

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  • Clyde15

    What's that got to do with the devolution of powers from Brussels.

    The UK govt. devolved some powers to Scotland and Wales. With the Bill through Parliament to take back all powers granted to the EU, Scotland was told that they would get more devolved powers from this such as fishing farming and environmental matters.

    The government appears to be reneging on this promise and instead saying they will decide the details...trust us ! For example, they are already saying that deals with EU member states may be made on fisheries without consulting Scotland, where most of the fisheries are.

    Aug 09th, 2017 - 09:34 pm +1
  • Voice

    Hey Bob....

    ...isn't it about time you changed your name to English Bob...?

    Aug 10th, 2017 - 04:21 pm +1
  • gordo1

    Nothing should be ceded to Scotland with in anyway harms the Union! Enough has already been given to them!

    Aug 09th, 2017 - 12:52 pm 0
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