IAN BLACKFORD:MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber

PMQs: FAILURE TO CONFIRM FULL REPATRIATION OF POWERS FROM EUROPE TO SCOTLAND

The First Secretary of State has failed to confirm if the UK government will repatriate all powers in devolved areas from Europe to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford has called on the First Secretary of State to confirm if the UK government will repatriate all powers from Europe in Prime Minister’s Questions today.

While the UK government has said Scotland would not see a diminution of powers, there has been no detail on the further powers Scotland can expect to receive, or if the UK Government intend to amend schedule 5 of the Scotland Act, to change any aspect of the devolved competencies which were approved by the Scottish referendum in 1997.

Ian Blackford MP said:

“The UK government needs to provide clarity over the repatriation of powers currently with the EU and which should go to the devolved nations.

“People in Scotland deserve a commitment from the UK Government to categorically rule out the threat of a Westminster power grab of devolved powers at any time as a result of the Repeal Bill and the UK Government should give a cast iron guarantee that devolved powers will be increased.

“While the First Secretary of State confirmed Scotland will not see a diminution of powers, we have no details on whether the powers which fall under devolved competencies will return to Scotland. He also refused to confirm if the UK Government will amend schedule 5 of the Scotland Act, to change any aspect of the devolved competencies which were approved by the Scottish referendum in 1997- on a larger majority than the EU referendum.”

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