The Scottish government Minister in charge of Brexit, Mike Russell, will this afternoon address the Scottish Parliament to announce the introduction of the Continuity Bill. The Bill will lay out Scotland’s plans to keep current EU law in place after the UK leaves the European Union and give Ministers the powers to amend these law’s as required.
Today we publish the list of all 111 devolved powers that are at risk of a power grab by Westminster due to the current wording of clause 11 of The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.
The bill, currently under discussion and scrutiny in the House of Lords, aims to set all current EU laws into UK law when we exit the European Union on March 31st 2019 but the UK and Scottish governments are at loggerheads over clause 11 of the Bill which concentrates on powers that are not reserved to Westminster but are currently subject to EU regulations.
The clause reads: Read more
Mike Russell, the Scottish government’s Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, is tonight expected to tell a meeting of SNP supporters in Glasgow that the Scottish government will do whatever it takes to protect Scotland’s position in Europe even if that means having to draft our own legislation.
The Scottish and UK governments are currently at loggerheads over what will happen in the aftermath of Brexit with areas of policy that are currently devolved to Holyrood but subject to EU law with many senior figures warning of a “power-grabbing” attempt by the Tories at Westminster. Read more
Yesterday saw the Westminster Scottish Affairs Select Committee take to the road and head to Kirkcaldy as part of their Immigration and Scotland inquiry.
However only three out of the eleven Scottish MPs on the committee bothered to turn up to hear the evidence presented to them. All three who were present are SNP MPs. None of the members representing the Conservatives, Labour or the Lib Dems attended. Read more
During yesterday’s Andrew Marr show on BBC1 I sent out what I thought was a perfectly innocent tweet about Joanna Cherry’s appearance in the paper review section of the show.
Sadly my tweet so angered Elliot Davis, MD of Ecosse Cables and former manager of 90’s hit group Wet Wet Wet, that he decided to take to his company’s twitter account to launch a tirade against me and fellow Scottish independence supporters. Read more
Kirstene Hair, the Tory MP for Angus, took to Twitter at the weekend to post an SNP bad type of tweet.
The subject of the tweet was the poor broadband speeds in her constituency and was accompanied by a plea for the SNP to “get a grip of the situation”. Unfortunately for Ms Hair communications (including broadband) is a power that is reserved to Westminster. So is she simply unaware of that fact or did she set out to deliberately mislead her constituents? Let’s have a look at the evidence…… Read more
Please take a moment and vote for your choice as the new SNP Depute Leader below. If you vote for “Other” please leave a comment below to let us know your choice.
Who Would You Like To See As The New SNP Depute Leader?
- Tommy Sheppard (35%, 27 Votes)
- Joanna Cherry (27%, 21 Votes)
- Dr Philippa Whiteford (10%, 8 Votes)
- Other (8%, 6 Votes)
- James Dornan (6%, 5 Votes)
- Hannah Bardell (5%, 4 Votes)
- Kirsty Blackman (4%, 3 Votes)
- Pete Wishart (4%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 77