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Row Erupts Over Scotland Plans To Subtly Destroy The UK And Return To EU

In a submission to Holyrood’s Finance and Constitution Committee, the Faculty warned that the Scottish Government will not be able to “keep pace” in areas of EU law which depend on reciprocal arrangements between the EU Member States.

Last night, row erupts over Holyrood’s plots to stay glued to the EU after Scotland top lawmaking body advised Scotland’s Brexit Bill could create political rifts in British politics.

Holyrood is currently conducting a consultation on the SNP UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill which will provide for continuity of EU provision that would otherwise be lost with Brexit. But the Faculty of Advocates warned that the bill would “contribute to policy divergence from the rest of the UK.”

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The Bill will bring the discretionary power into effect after the transition period ends on December 31, it also includes provisions to ensure EU environmental principles and governance can continue in Scotland.

The Bill will also make it easier for Scotland to rejoin the EU after the country gained independence from the UK.

In a submission to Holyrood’s Finance and Constitution Committee, the Faculty warned that the Scottish Government will not be able to “keep pace” in areas of EU law which depend on reciprocal arrangements between the EU Member States.

It adds: “The European Health Insurance Card and the European Arrest Warrant are obvious examples which touch on devolved competences.

“The UK will not participate in either reciprocal arrangement in its current form, and thus Scotland cannot participate in these arrangements simply by passing legislation; without a UK decision to participate, such legislation would not enable participation in these arrangements.”

It also added the “absence of a formal role moves the UK and devolved governments from “rule makers” to “rule takers”.”

The Law Society of Scotland which represents 11,000 solicitors also raised concerns and said that “neither the UK nor Scottish Governments and stakeholders would have had the opportunity to influence those proposals or even to become familiar with them.”

Dean Lockhart MSP, Scottish Conservatives constitution spokesperson said the Bill was “just the latest attempt from the SNP to break up the UK market by the back door.”

“Organisation after the organisation is warning that this Bill could split the Scottish economy from the rest of the UK, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of Scottish jobs that rely on free UK-wide trade.

“The Bill also betrays the Scottish Parliament’s role in making laws. Scotland will be forced to accept laws made in Brussels at the whim of SNP ministers, without proper parliamentary scrutiny.

“Beyond all of Nicola Sturgeon’s spin, this is the real power grab – a nationalist power grab to split up the UK internal market. The Scottish Conservatives will fight it every step of the way.”

Professor Jim Gallagher, who was the UK Government’s most senior adviser on devolution, working in the number 10 policy unit under former PM Gordon Brown said that giving Scotland more control to deal with the EU after Brexit could allow the “Union to be more stable.”

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The Nuffield College Oxford academic warns that the Westminster government was “grossly over-centralised” in London.

Professor Gallagher hinted that additional powers would “inevitably come to the devolved administrations from Brexit. The Scottish Conservatives will fight it every step of the way.”

Professor Jim Gallagher, who was the UK Government’s most senior adviser on devolution, working in the number 10 policy unit under former PM Gordon Brown said that giving Scotland more control to deal with the EU after Brexit could allow the “Union to be more stable.”

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