SNP leadership plans to legislate to protect Scotland from the effects of an unacceptable EU Withdrawal Bill


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From Reuters, yesterday:

‘The Scottish government said on Wednesday it was preparing legislation that would ensure legal continuity in Scotland after Brexit as a fall-back option in case it fails to reach agreement with Prime Minister Theresa May on her exit plan. Scottish ministers are unhappy with several elements of May’s approach to legally enacting Britain’s exit from the European Union, including the way that powers reclaimed from Brussels will be distributed back to Scotland. The Scottish government has said it is not willing to give its consent until concerns about devolution are addressed. With that in mind, Scotland’s ministers said they wanted to start contingency planning by preparing the Scottish parliament for the introduction of its own bill designed to ensure legal continuity after leaving the EU.’

This is, in the main, an attempt to prevent any power grab, by Westmonster, of the 111 devolved powers currently held by the EU. Allegedly, due to the lack spine or commitment of the Secretary of State, David Muddle, the porn investigation into Demon Greene and the Christmas hols, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill will go to the House of Lords for final scrutiny without amendments to protect devolution. There are of course no SNP lords.

I’m looking forward to hearing Nicola’s reaction and to seeing her face as she attempts to send them all to the naughty step. She’ll tell them!

Seriously though, this conflict can only strengthen the Yes campaign as even BBC Scotland News cannot hope to hide this scandalous show of contempt for Scotland, leaving us even more bitter together.


9 thoughts on “SNP leadership plans to legislate to protect Scotland from the effects of an unacceptable EU Withdrawal Bill

  1. Alasdair Macdonald January 11, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    I think the BBC and the unionist press will certainly try, perhaps not to ‘hide’ it, but to seek to underplay it as of peripheral importance. Indeed, I suspect some of the unionist punditry and trolls will take a perverse delight in saying ‘Get it up yese!’. I suspect, too, that a fair number of the unionist vote, who seem to have detached themselves from any feelings of Scottishness, will condemn the SG decision as ‘getting too big for its boots.’

    As the matter is to be dealt with by the House of Lords and the SNP, on principle, has no members, I have heard a few sneers saying, ‘Serves them right’ and ‘at least we won’t have to suffer these awful Jock whinges’.

    However, the fact that Mr Adam Tompkins and a number of other Tory MSPs and MPs are indicating discomfort at this cavalier attitude by Mrs May’s government is a positive thing. Although we only grudgingly admit it after being waterboarded, we have to recognise that a number of Tory politicians have social principles – the old ‘One Nation’ idea. As an academic, Mr Tomkins will have to have regard for various legal principles, otherwise his credibility will be shot amongst his peers and I imagine his academic standing is important to him.

    In the main, Tories in Scotland represent farming and fishing communities, and although the fishing communities tended towards LEAVE (though perhaps not as much as the msm implies), there are still genuine concerns that Westminster might well seek to trade off Scottish farming and fishing interests for the benefit of, say, the London financial sector. Since devolution placed these matters (and 109 others) at Holyrood, then it is Holyrood to which they should go directly once they leave Brussels. The Supreme Court made clear that ‘Sewell’ has no real legal status and so Westminster can override any desire of Holyrood, in the same way as Spain overrode the rights of Catalans. (Although Scotland and Catalunya are not directly comparable, I think that making a comparison in this case is valid). This is where morality and politics come into play and, I think both of these are sincere factors with regard to some Scottish Tory politicians.

    So, I think the Tories will support any SG motion or Bill. The LibDems and Greens will, too. What Scottish Labour will do is not clear.

    Given the thinly veiled leadership ambitions of THE COLONEL and the approval she receives by sections of the Tory Party in England and the adoration she evokes in the self-righteous ‘progressive’ metropolitan media – Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, Prospect, I think this would be an opportunity for her to make a stand, as she did, say with regard to the customs union for Northern Ireland, and rights for LGBTI. There was a paean to her recently about a meeting she had with Mr Andy Burnham, Labour Mayor of Manchester, which was described as a ‘meeting of minds’, which might facilitate the devolution of real powers away from Westminster to the ‘regions’. (The ‘nations’ of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, were not mentioned, being in the metropolitan mind simply amongst the provinces.)

    Now, I am happy to support things which seek to loosen the powers of Westminster and to relocate them, irreversibly, in localities. So, if the Tory ‘rebellion’, which Mr Tompkins, exemplifies, facilitates this, then I can go along with it. If it inflames, further the ego of THE COLONEL, I would not be so happy, but it would not cause me to reject it, because, as the Greeks knew well, there is a thing called ‘hubris’.

    Finally, this is further evidence, if any more were needed of the total irrelevance of Mr Mundell. As ‘the Cabinet’s representative in Scotland’ the Bill to deal with matters to be devolved to Scotland, should have been HIS responsibility. He has failed and should resign.

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  2. johnrobertson834 January 11, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    El Colon (my new name for her using the same letters) is the kind of over-confident barger whose hubris is usually not long before their nemesis. She does have something of Mussolini about/in her.

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  3. macgilleleabhar January 11, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    As they used to say Nicola Sturgeon is a woman it would be wise to take an open pay packet home to and I have every confidence that if what she sets out to do is legal it will be done.

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    • macgilleleabhar January 11, 2018 / 10:40 pm

      My proof reading leaves a lot to be desired.The above should be ……. Nicola Sturgeon is not a woman it would be wise to…………….
      I’ll go to the naughty step.

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      • johnrobertson834 January 12, 2018 / 9:53 am

        OK, that’s long enough. You can leave the naughty step now but no Playstation!

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  4. Clydebuilt January 11, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    What sort of sweetie has Nicola been sookin?

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      • Clydebuilt January 12, 2018 / 9:55 am

        I’d still need Vick up my nose!

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