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UK ministers ‘imposing direct Westminster rule by stealth’ – report

14 Jun 2023 2 minute read
Angus Robertson MSP

The Scottish Government has published a paper claiming UK ministers’ actions post-Brexit have undermined devolution.

Angus Robertson said the 16-page document shows the UK Government is “imposing direct Westminster rule by stealth”.

The paper sets out the main points of constitutional disagreement between Holyrood and Westminster which have emerged since the referendum to leave the EU.

It claims there have been nine occasions where Westminster has proceeded with legislation which was refused consent by Holyrood.

The Internal Market Act (IMA) is the “most significant” of these laws, the paper says, arguing it effectively changes the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

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The paper says this is “the most wide-ranging constraint imposed on devolved competence since 1999 and undermines the Scottish Parliament’s ability to make laws for Scotland in devolved areas”.

Designed to regulate trade within the UK, the IMA recently became a point of fierce controversy around the planned deposit return scheme (DRS).

UK ministers decided including glass in the Scottish DRS would create “permanent divergence” in the market, leading to the Scottish Government pushing its own scheme back to at least October 2025.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has denied the IMA erodes powers from the devolved assemblies, describing it as a “protector of devolution” which maintains the UK’s single market.

Mr Robertson said: “The Scottish Parliament was set up because people in Scotland voted for it, but the Westminster Government is rolling back on that democratic process.

“Under the cover of Brexit, they are imposing direct Westminster rule by stealth and curtailing the ability of the Parliament to take decisions for the benefit of people in Scotland.

“What we have seen so far is the thin edge of the wedge. UK Government ministers have given themselves the power to subject healthcare and water services in Scotland to UK-wide so called ‘market access’ principles.

“The evidence the Scottish Government is presenting today sets out the range of underhand mechanisms UK Government ministers are using to undermine the democratically elected Scottish Parliament and exert tightening Westminster control on Scottish life.”


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The original mark
The original mark
10 months ago

Where’s the Welsh government’s report?

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
10 months ago

It’s time to stand up for your country, time to stand up for yourselves, stand up for your families and your mates and your neighbours, it’s time to stand in front of the mountains and stand up for the valleys, stand up for the meadows, stand up for the moors, stand up for the animals, its time to stand up for your rights, no giving up the fight. CYMRU AM BITH.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
10 months ago

Always thought they would try and take control back by the back Tories are an english party and are total control freaks and still think of the other 3 colonies they own only way to sort it get out of the U K

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago

Angus Robertson MSP is right. Westminster are by stealth imposing direct rule on Wales & Scotland. The Scottish Secretary Alister Jack claims he is the protector of devolution lol. So funny He’s already demoted both Welsh & Scottish parliaments by referring to them as Assemblies. Enough said. Concerning Wales. Only a few years back the Welsh Government took the Conservative government to the Supreme Court over Whitehall’s suggesting they would overrule & bypass the Senedd stating no longer would they be devolve and forget government hinting of its intentions. The Supreme Contraction found in favour of the Conservatives because the… Read more »

Richard 1
Richard 1
10 months ago

These thieves will cling to the last remnants of Empire until history rips them off, and they’ll still complain about being robbed.

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
10 months ago

Without constitutional guarantees, the powers of the devolved assemblies could be revoked at whim by the stroke of a pen in Whitehall.

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