According to the not very lovely Sunday Express, our First Minister (that’s not what they call her) is sure ‘a fresh deal will be offered to Edinburgh over new powers for Scotland’ to persuade us to:
‘SIGN THE DEAL! Westminster demands Scotland’s backing as Sturgeon threatens Brexit hijack’
Here’s some of the Express language for you:
‘The deal [for Scotland] will be offered ahead of the signing of the Great Repeal Bill which will begin dismantling EU legislation from British, transferring them into UK laws which can later be amended or dropped. In outrageous demands on Wednesday, Scotland’s Brexit minister, Mike Russell, insisted the entire bill should be re-written…..again, Scotland is making wild demands.’
In the article, the only specific demands mentioned are powers over fisheries and farming. How very dare we?
It is clear the Tories and the Express are worried that the devolved administrations, especially Scotland, can make things difficult for the UK government to negotiate a deal by insisting on their rights under the Scotland Act 1998 [Devolution] which says the UK parliament cannot “normally” legislate on Scottish affairs without a legislative consent motion from Holyrood. The ‘normally’ is Westminster’s get-out but it would cause quite a stooshie if they ignored Holyrood and might potentially strengthen the independence movement. So, a deal for Scotland doesn’t seem at all unlikely given how easily the DUP got one.
What else can we ask for – oil and gas revenues, subsidies for renewable energy maintained, Trident cancellation, restoring the old border between Scottish and English North Seas waters, more frigate-building on the Clyde, Indyref2 with the over 65’s denied a vote, VAT exemption for Police Scotland, sacking Bird and Campbell, closing BBC Scotland down altogether, a motorway from Ayr to Gretna to make my English hols more convenient?