Scotland Act

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1999 and all that. As Scotland holds its breath for indyref2, how did we get here?

BLISS it was to be alive in those early days of devolution – except that it wasn’t. The rebirth of Scotland’s democracy after 300 years in spring, 1999 proved to be a painful affair, and plunged Scotland into a period of post-natal depression, which ended the careers, and the lives, of some of the architects … Continue reading

It was always naive to believe that Holyrood would gain where Brussels loses.

At least one thing is clear as we count down to Article 50 next week.  The idea that Holyrood will automatically gain the powers repatriated from Brussels after Brexit was always naive.  It’s not going to happen; never was.  The Scottish parliament will get some more responsibilities, but exactly what will be decided by the … Continue reading

Brexit dividend? Don’t assume Holyrood will get new powers after UK leaves Europe.

AT the height of the Supreme Court hearings on Article 50, the Law Lords launched into a debate about the meaning of the word “normally”. The Scotland Act 2016 says that the Westminster Parliament “will not normally legislate with regard to devolved matters without the consent of the Scottish Parliament”. But what does “normally” mean? … Continue reading

If Brexit means Brexit also means Scotland Act is redundant. New settlement needed.

When the former Tory Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, declared during the referendum campaign that Scotland could have “sweeping new powers” after leaving the EU, few believed him. Deputy First Minister John Swinney dismissed it as “a con trick”. But perhaps he should now be holding the UK Government to his word. The Scottish Government has … Continue reading

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