Scottish Government will say NO to any power grab in the EU withdrawal bill. Up to 111 powers are at risk. Will it make any difference though?

Talking-up Scotland


In the bill, as it stands, powers currently devolved to Scotland would be handed back to Westminster from the EU, in the first instance. Westminster would then devolve these again to the Scotland or perhaps they wouldn’t. There would be no guarantees and already we’ve had Michael Gove refusing to guarantee that the current £700 million of funding for forestry, hill farmers and crofters would automatically be devolved. This is only one of many devolved powers in the areas of agriculture, environment and economic planning which the Scottish Government suspect the centralist-minded Tories would prefer to see returned to Westminster. David Mundell has also said that not all powers would be returned to Scotland. It has even been suggested that the ban on fracking in Scotland could be reversed as powers return to Westminster.

The Scottish and Welsh governments seem likely to refuse consent unless the bill is amended to…

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