David Mundell MP admits UK Government willing to act in contradiction of Scottish Parliament

Today, David Mundell MP Secretary Of State for Scotland, admitted that the UK Government would take the explicit refusal of consent by the Scottish Parliament as a ‘consent decision’, allowing the Tory Government to legislate in devolved areas of policy.
He described himself as ‘happy’ with the amended clause 11, that completely undermines Scottish devolution and would restrict the Scottish Parliament‘s powers for up to 7 years.
While the Secretary of State for Scotland appears unwilling or unable to act in Scotland’s interests, the Scottish National Party has been clear- we must not allow the Tories to sell out devolution and undermine our Parliament.


Questioning Mike Russell on the Finance and Constitution Committee

The evidence from Mike Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, during the Finance and Constitution Committee yesterday was clear, the consent of the Scottish Parliament throughout the negotiations over the EU Withdrawal Bill remains crucial. Consent remains a fundamental principle of devolution and we can’t let the UK Government undermine the powers of the Scottish Parliament.


MSP calls on Liam Fox to reject Investor-State Dispute Settlements in UK Trade Bill

Ash Denham MSP has called on the Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox to preclude any commitments to investor-state dispute settlements in the UK Trade Bill.

Expert witnesses at the Finance and Constitution Committee today raised concerns that the UK Trade Bill remains unclear over the potential use of investor-state dispute settlements in any future trade agreements to settle international trade disputes.

Investor-state dispute settlements are an instrument of international law that enables international corporations to sue host states for alleged discriminatory practices, such as loss of profits stemming from public policy.

The Trade Bill as currently drafted would grant the UK Government sweeping powers to negotiate future trade deals on Scotland’s behalf- including in areas that are devolved to the Scottish Parliament such as agriculture and health.  But at present the Bill contains no provisions for allowing parliamentary scrutiny by Holyrood.

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