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Theresa May will announce a review of devolution when she visits Scotland

Wednesday, July 3rd 2019 - 11:50 UTC
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Mrs. May will make the announcement during a visit to Scotland this week in one of her final visits as prime minister. Mrs. May will make the announcement during a visit to Scotland this week in one of her final visits as prime minister.
It was described as a “desperate act” by Nicola Sturgeon. The review will be chaired by Lord Dunlop, the former Scotland Office minister. It was described as a “desperate act” by Nicola Sturgeon. The review will be chaired by Lord Dunlop, the former Scotland Office minister.
Scotland Secretary David Mundell has warned that a no-deal Brexit could “threaten the continuance” of the UK. Scotland Secretary David Mundell has warned that a no-deal Brexit could “threaten the continuance” of the UK.
Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have and  committed to strengthening the union, but neither has ruled out leaving the EU without a deal. Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have and committed to strengthening the union, but neither has ruled out leaving the EU without a deal.

Prime minister Theresa May is to announce a review of UK government departments to make sure they work in the best interests of devolution. Mrs. May will make the announcement during a visit to Scotland this week in one of her final visits as prime minister.

It was described as a “desperate act” by Nicola Sturgeon. The review will be chaired by Lord Dunlop, the former Scotland Office minister.

It will ensure that all of the UK government's structures - including government departments - are co-operating to ensure devolution works. The move is seen as a necessary step, particularly after the UK's departure from the European Union.

Scotland's first minister has said she wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence if the country is taken out of the EU. And Scotland Secretary David Mundell has warned that a no-deal Brexit could “threaten the continuance” of the UK.

Both Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson have committed to strengthening the union, but neither has ruled out leaving the EU without a deal.

When news of the review was reported by The Scotsman on Tuesday night, there was concern that it could stray into devolved areas - but Number 10 made clear it was not the case.

Nicola Sturgeon said it was a “desperate act by a prime minister who has shown zero respect for the Scottish Parliament during her time in office”.

“It's for the Scottish people - not a Tory PM - to consider and decide what future we want for our parliament and country.”

Mrs. May's visit north of the border will come the day before a Conservative leadership hustings in Scotland.

On Sunday, Mr Johnson outlined plans for a unit in Number 10 which would “sense-test and stress-test” every policy for the results it would have on the union. And he said the next prime minister should be “minister for the union”, a position which was “cost-free but symbolically significant”.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hunt said he would ensure the UK left the EU in a way that protects the union.

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