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Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union said that the agreement reached in Brussels on the UK’s withdrawal was “a statement of intent” rather than “a legally enforceable thing”. The Secretary of State was put in his place by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, who tweeted: “The commitments and the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Public Services: West Midlands (6 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: May I associate myself with the remarks of the Prime Minister regarding the late Jimmy Hood and pass on the condolences of Scottish National party Members to his family and friends? I am sure the House will also want to join me in welcoming Billy Irving, one of the Chennai six, who has arrived back in Scotland this morning. So now we know that the deal that was done with the DUP to keep the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Public Services: West Midlands (6 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: The clock is ticking, and we need a deal that keeps us in the single market and the customs union—to do otherwise will devastate our economy and cost jobs. Will the Prime Minister recognise that such a deal will resolve the Irish border question and protect jobs throughout the UK? Anything less will be a failure of leadership.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: My hon. Friend is making a first-class contribution to the debate. I declare an interest as a crofter. Is it not the case that the UK Government have form on this? When they were given convergence uplift money in 2013, there was a distinct intention that 86% of those funds should come to Scotland, yet they have given us only 16%. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: I should point out to the hon. Gentleman that, when we appeared in front of the Scottish electorate in 2016, we won a mandate to deliver a Scottish referendum if Scotland was dragged out of the EU, the single market and the customs union. Lastly, we have got 35 MPs; we won the election in Scotland.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: I am surprised at that intervention from the hon. Gentleman. I expressed right at the outset of my speech that we recognise that progress was made, but that progress has not been sufficient to justify the SNP supporting this Bill tonight. The whole point about our position is that we want to see frameworks in place, but we can move forward on that only when the UK Government are prepared to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend, if I may call him that, for that intervention. I always listen carefully to what he has to say, and I think that, in some respects, he makes my point. Way back last December, the Scottish Government published a paper about achieving compromise, and that is the position we have always taken. We fully recognise that we have to get to a situation where...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: The answer is very simple: we would not be leaving the single market of the UK. We are hoping to protect the interests of the people of Scotland. The simple matter in front of us at the moment, as identified by the Fraser of Allander Institute, is that we run the risk of losing 80,000 jobs in Scotland if we are outwith the single market and the customs union. A decline in wages of £2,000...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: I am going to make some progress. The enormity of clause 11 has been highlighted by numerous legal experts. Professor Alan Page noted that the Bill proposes a massive increase in the power of UK Ministers to legislate in the devolved areas. Professor Richard Rawlings noted that “The sooner clause 11 is cast aside, the better.” Professor Stephen Tierney has noted a confusion around...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: The hon. Gentleman makes an important intervention. We are 17 months on from the vote and we are at a very important stage of this Bill. We are trying to negotiate on the basis that we recognise the threats that we are facing. It is incumbent on the Government to recognise that we have to get agreement between the Government in London and the Governments in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. It...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: My hon. and learned Friend makes a strong case. That is why the Government should listen to her, and to the other reasonable voices that have spoken this afternoon and at other times. The Government have to recognise that they are playing with the powers that have been established under various Scotland Acts, and that is not right. The evidence is there from academics and from the Select...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: A simple one-word answer: no. Amendment 72 is simple and straightforward. It seeks to ensure that all the devolved Administrations have a vote on approving clause 11 before it can come into effect. The principles behind the amendment are critical. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been told time after time that this is a Union of equals. There must be equality in the Brexit process...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: Absolutely. When so many people have worked so hard over many generations and many decades to establish the Scottish Parliament, this attack on the competences of the Scottish Parliament by the Government is absolute bare-faced cheek. The Tory Members of Parliament from Scotland should remember what they said: that they are here to stand up for Scotland. Tonight they have their opportunity....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: I am very grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s remarks. He is absolutely correct. Amendment 72 is about protecting the interests not just of the Scottish Parliament and Government, but of the Administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland. A point was made earlier about where sovereignty lies, but this House has to be very careful about going against the wishes and the democratic...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: I am not quite sure what the hon. Gentleman is referring to. If he had listened to what the Scottish Government have said, he would know that 111 devolved competences are being interfered with. That is the salient point. When the Scottish Parliament was established, the Scotland Act 1998 defined matters that were reserved. Those matters that were not reserved were devolved to the Scottish...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: My sincere apologies, Mrs Laing. You are right to reprimand me, and I apologise. I am talking about the powers that the Government are taking back—the naked power grab that is taking place against the Scottish Government.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: My goodness, that really does demonstrate that they are not getting this. Purely and simply, it is about the powers that are being taken back from the EU that will sit here in Westminster. The Scotland Act is very clear about the areas that are devolved and the areas that are reserved. It comes to this fundamental point: are Conservative Members who have been sent here from Scottish...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ian Blackford: I wish to make some progress. I will happily take interventions later. By supporting the amendment, the Scottish Conservatives would give power over how this Bill impacts the devolved Administration to the Scottish Parliament. I am sure Conservative Members will agree with their colleagues—and their leader—in the Scottish Parliament that our own Parliament should have the ability...


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