After dragging Scotland out of the EU against our will, Boris Johnson, enthusiastically aided by the Scottish Tories, is now imposing a creeping Westminster power grab.
🚨 The Tories’ economic plans for Brexit UK have been exposed as a full-scale assault on devolution.
📣 Even the Welsh Labour First Minister called it an “enormous power grab”.
— The SNP (@theSNP) March 10, 2021
A new Scottish Government paper reveals the “steady and systematic undermining of devolution” by the Tories, through the Internal Market Act – passed by Westminster against Scotland’s will.
This affects every area of our daily lives:
- threatening our NHS
- risking food standards
- undermining environmental protections
- ignoring our democratically elected Scottish Parliament, and much more.
Here’s what it all means.
Westminster now has the power to override devolved policy
The Westminster Parliament has now passed the Internal Market Act – which uses Brexit as an excuse to substantially weaken the Scottish Parliament’s powers.
Under the Act, UK ministers have the power to undermine and override these powers – unilaterally and without consent.
In other words, in key devolved policy areas the UK government can effectively intervene, whenever it likes, regardless of the democratic votes of the Scottish Parliament or the views of the people of Scotland.
🚫 The Internal Market Bill means that many crucial decision-making powers will be in the hands of Boris Johnson, with the Scottish Parliament overruled by Westminster.
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 17, 2020
Scottish Parliament votes have been repeatedly ignored
One of the fundamental principles of devolution is that the powers of the Scottish Parliament cannot be changed without its explicit consent.
Scotland’s voice has been completely ignored. The Scottish Parliament voted against this power grab by a huge majority – but Westminster ploughed on regardless.
Record View says EU can accept Brexit has happened, but no one agreed to a devolution power grab as a resulthttps://t.co/ZyrIFL6LKy
— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) March 9, 2021
Scotland’s NHS is under increased threat from Westminster
Under the Internal Market Act, UK ministers can unilaterally subject Scotland’s NHS to so-called “market access” principles.
While the SNP have been pushing for an NHS Protection Bill, the UK government repeatedly refused to include any legally binding guarantees to protect the NHS from the impact of future trade deals.
It’s also an attack on our food and environmental standards
The Internal Market Act means that if chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef are accepted for sale in England as part of a UK-US post-Brexit trade deal, then they would have to be accepted in Scotland too – no matter how the Scottish Parliament votes or what the Scottish people think.
Similarly, any future legislation in Scotland to ban single use plastics, pass more ambitious environmental policy, or put in place measures to tackle health issues such as obesity, could all be rendered ineffective by the Act.
📢 @DaveDooganSNP: “The Tories’ rule-breaking Internal Market Bill would enable the UK government to override the high standards we have in Scotland, and allow low quality produce to flood our stores and supermarkets.”
🏴 Hands off Scotland’s powers!https://t.co/sbnsvuAPIQ
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 7, 2020
It imposes a new unelected UK body to pass judgment on Scottish Parliament’s decisions
While Brexiteers have often talked about “getting rid of unelected bureaucrats”, the Vote Leave clique at the heart of the UK government has now established a new unelected and unaccountable body.
The new Office of the Internal Market will have the power to pass judgment on devolved laws. This could mean businesses with deep pockets challenging the democratic decisions of the Scottish Parliament.
📣 “There is much in it that repays study, if only to reveal how contemptuous the Tories are of this place and of the people we represent.”
👇 Read the full statement: https://t.co/08xgQMzhVG
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 10, 2020
Organisations from across Scotland strongly oppose this power grab
Organisations across Scotland – in business, industry, farming, teaching, and the environment – have made clear that the Internal Market Bill is unacceptable.
NFU Scotland said the proposals “pose a significant threat to devolution”, and Scottish Environment Link said the plans “force Scotland to follow the lowest common denominator”.
Even the UK government’s most senior law officer for Scotland has resigned in protest.
The UK Govt’s highest Scots law officer has resigned over Boris Johnson’s desire to break international law and grab powers from the Scottish Parliament.
— The SNP (@theSNP) September 16, 2020
“Take back control” meant taking back control from Scotland too
While Brexiteers were parroting the “take back control” line, it’s now clear they also meant Westminster taking back control from Scotland.
Instead of a “big bang” moment like an outright abolition of the Scottish Parliament, Westminster has instead built a mechanism that consistently – but quietly – undermines devolution, hoping that nobody would notice.
But the threat is very real. In this election, the choice is between saving the Scottish Parliament that people voted for in 1997, or allowing Westminster to continue stripping it of its powers.
🔎 Yet again, the Tories have shown they cannot be trusted to act in Scotland’s interests.
👎 Yet again, they’ve shown how equal the “union of equals” really is.
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 6, 2020
The only way to protect our Scottish Parliament is with independence
The Tories and Boris Johnson, who himself called devolution “a disaster”, simply cannot be trusted with devolution.
That’s why it’s so important to put Scotland’s future firmly into Scotland’s hands.
Only with independence can we properly protect our Scottish Parliament, have a full range of economic powers to shape the country we want, and always get the governments we vote for.
🤫 The people of Scotland have been ignored and treated with contempt throughout the Brexit process.
❌ The Westminster system is broken beyond repair.
🏴 Independence is the only way that Scotland will get to choose the future we want and we will have that choice. pic.twitter.com/J0KcFxKWPf
— The SNP (@theSNP) December 30, 2020
Make it #BothVotesSNP for #indyref2
This election is our opportunity to stop Boris Johnson from deciding Scotland’s future.
To secure a post-pandemic independence referendum and put Scotland’s future into Scotland’s hands, let’s make it Both Votes SNP on May 6.
The smaller the gap between the SNP constituency vote and list vote, the more likely we are to win a decisive pro-independence majority and secure Scotland’s right to choose.
🔎 In 2016, the SNP increased its constituency vote, but we lost our majority and ended up with less pro-independence seats. It was the list vote that got the SNP over the majority line in 2011.
🗳 Scotland’s future is in your hands. pic.twitter.com/Ccc1kR9Rp2
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 24, 2021
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