BILL THREATENS THE PRINCIPLES OF DEVOLUTION AND DEMOCRACY, SAYS MP
Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, voted against the UK Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill in Parliament on Monday the 11th as it would risk the powers of the Scottish Parliament and give the UK Government power without scrutiny over Brexit.
The Bill passed its second of three readings on Monday night with 326 votes in favour to 290 against. All SNP MPs voted against calling the vote a “dark day for democracy”.
UK Ministers would be empowered to make changes in devolved policy areas without the
involvement of either the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliament. The UK Government alone would control of the scope and extent of any UK-wide frameworks required to replace EU laws following Brexit.
The Bill would also allow UK Ministers to make decisions over Brexit without parliamentary scrutiny or votes known as ‘Henry VIII Powers’.
Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:
“The UK Government’s Withdrawal Bill is the biggest Westminster power grab in decades which undermines the very principles of our democracy.
“Rather than building a consensus between people across the UK, the UK Government is trying to seize power for themselves, a small Cabinet, which will dictate to the public, Parliament and devolved institutions what Brexit will look like.
“They will not only be able to dictate the terms of Brexit, but the Bill would give the UK Government greater powers in the long term which would trample on the hard-won sovereign rights of the Scottish Parliament.
“It is symbolic that this Bill passes twenty years on from the votes that formed the Scottish Parliament. Rather than strengthen devolved institutions and respect their sovereign rights, the UK Government is riding roughshod over Scotland and Parliament to make the UK Government the iron fist of a post-Brexit UK.
“The SNP and others demand fairness and scrutiny in Brexit – not a right wing power grab from the Tories. We must put the rights of devolved institutions, our economy and jobs first.”