The UK Withdrawal Bill is making its way through Westminster and the Scottish Government has introduced a Scottish EU Continuity Bill.
The EU Withdrawal Bill
The Bill is designed to ensure that laws currently subject to EU law work properly after Brexit.
What it means for Scotland
Some devolved powers like support for farmers or control of our seas, are exercised at an EU level and are subject to EU law. If Scotland is no longer in the EU those powers must remain the responsibility of Holyrood.
Both David Mundell and Ruth Davidson promised that these powers would return to Holyrood.
Instead, the Bill makes a power grab, returning powers to Westminster; preventing Holyrood legislating in existing devolved areas; and allowing UK Ministers to make changes in devolved areas without any Holyrood involvement.
All parties on the Scottish Parliament Finance and Constitution Committee said the Bill doesn’t respect devolution.
The Finance and Constitution Committee will not recommend consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill in its current form. The committee is unable to recommend legislative consent to the Bill unless Clause 11 is replaced or removed. Find out more https://t.co/H5IPWFCm4m #Brexit pic.twitter.com/NQ6vYHzk7b— Fin & Con Committee (@SP_FinCon) January 9, 2018
The Scottish Continuity Bill
If the power grab is not removed, we cannot support the UK Withdrawal Bill.
To ensure that Scotland’s laws are not disrupted after Brexit and to prevent a power grab, we have introduced a Scottish EU Continuity Bill.