European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:05 pm on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Scottish National Party, Argyll and Bute 1:05 pm, 14th June 2018

This week, the Secretary of State’s Government abandoned any pretence of a commitment to devolution. By refusing to recognise and respect the sovereign will of the Scottish people and the will of the Scottish Parliament, his Government decreed that only he will control the powers of the Scottish Parliament, it can have only what he says it can have and it will be this place that will decide. Yet just last week, his Tory colleague Philip Davies said:

“if we allow devolved areas only to make decisions with which the Westminster Parliament agrees, there is not much point any more in any form of devolution”.—[Official Report, 7 June 2018;
Vol. 642, c. 458.]

Was he right to say that?