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 David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland 1:05 pm, 14th June 2018

The emphasis that the hon. Gentleman put on the words in those sentences is not quite correct because I wanted an agreement with the Scottish Government, but it is quite clear that that agreement will not be forthcoming on a basis that would be acceptable under the existing devolution settlement. We have rehearsed those arguments numerous times in answers to questions today. It is not acceptable that the devolution settlement be changed as part of Brexit to give the Scottish Parliament a veto over matters that would apply across the whole of the United Kingdom.