Glasgow Kelvin SNP MSP Sandra White is calling on Glasgow Tory MSP’s Adam Tomkins and Annie Wells to oppose the UK Tory government’s attempts to use the EU Repeal Bill to strip Holyrood of powers.

The Scottish Tories need to distance themselves from the Bill which represents a naked power-grab, an attack on the founding principles of devolution, and which could destabilise our economy.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said:

“Twenty years on since the referendum on devolution in Scotland, and the Tories are attempting an attack on the founding principles of devolution under the guise of the EU Repeal Bill.

“The SNP wants a smooth transition as much as the UK government, however this should be achieved through negotiation, not imposition. And it must be achieved in a way that respects Scotland’s hard-won devolved powers.

“An erosion of Scotland’s devolved areas would be contrary to the settled will of the Scottish people and would represent an appalling roll back on devolution which we were promised never could or would happen.

“The aim of this attack is very clear; the Tories are seeking to rack up fast and unfavourable trade deals without any scrutiny or voice for the Scottish people so they can get away with risking Scotland’s farming and fishing industries in order to save their crumbling Brexit agenda”

“I’m therefore calling on Glasgow’s Tory MSP’s Adam Tomkins and Annie Wells to challenge any attempts from their party in Westminster for a naked power-grab on the devolved legislatures during the withdrawal process from the EU, and to make clear their opposition to this Bill which sets out to undermine our national parliament.”

Notes:

Scottish Parliament Information Service: All areas of agriculture, forestry and fishing were devolved under the Scotland Act (1998).

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