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Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Revenue Budget (6 Dec 2017)

Ross Thomson: I am sure that Members on both sides of the House appreciate the role that oil and gas play not just in the north-east economy, but in the UK economy. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the transferable tax history that was set out in the Budget is a desperately needed shot in the arm for the industry, and a step in the right direction to making Aberdeen a global hub for decommissioning?...

World AIDS Day 2017 (5 Dec 2017)

Ross Thomson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I thank the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) for securing this important debate. Last Friday was World AIDS Day, and I was pleased that the day was commemorated by MPs across the House donning the red ribbon. It is a symbol of solidarity with the almost 37 million people globally living with HIV/AIDS...

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

Ross Thomson: I would like to make some more progress before I take an intervention. SNP Members have manufactured the power grab argument in grievance, yet we have heard time and again from the First Minister, all the way along, that the position of the SNP is for full membership of the European Union. [Interruption.] There we go; we have had it confirmed again. The SNP’s position is to support full...

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

Ross Thomson: My hon. Friend is right that the rhetoric of the SNP group in Westminster is very different from that of the SNP group in Holyrood.

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

Ross Thomson: No, I will answer this point first. It looks as though we are achieving a real consensus about the powers that will come to Scotland, but we have just heard the SNP’s heated rhetoric in this Chamber. I know the SNP group in Holyrood, because I worked with them, and I know that Alex Neil and some bashful others are very keen on Brexit and powers coming back to, and being exercised in,...

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

Ross Thomson: The hon. Gentleman will want to hear this point, believe me. The SNP is only stronger for Brussels, while the Scottish Conservatives deliver for Scotland yet again with an even stronger Scottish Parliament. Perhaps the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford)—he has just come back into the Chamber; that is terrific timing—should reflect more on the comments...

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

Ross Thomson: In 2016, the SNP went into the election with a majority in Holyrood and lost it. The SNP now depends on the votes of the Greens to see through its legislation, its budget and a second independence referendum. The right hon. Gentleman mentioned the election in June. I do not know whether he has looked behind him, but 21 of his colleagues have gone missing, including the former leader of the...

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

Ross Thomson: I have literally just answered a point, so I will finish making this one. We will ensure that no barriers are created to trade within the UK. Even the SNP Scottish Government—including the Brexit Minister, Mike Russell—accept that there will have to be common UK-wide frameworks, because they are needed. That is reflected in the Scottish Affairs Committee report, as other...

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

Ross Thomson: My hon. Friend is right. Scotland has two Governments: the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government. I know from my own constituency that my residents like it when both Governments work together, rather than being at each other’s throats. We have co-operated on city deals, for example, to achieve something, and we need to see more of that, because my constituents are...

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

Ross Thomson: I am so grateful to the hon. Gentleman for bringing that up. By leaving the European Union, we can take back powers over fishing, and we will come out of the common fisheries policy. As we heard earlier in this debate, the SNP wants to take us straight back into the EU and therefore drag every fisherman in Scotland straight back into that very policy, selling Scotland’s fishermen out....

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

Ross Thomson: I agree with everything that my hon. Friend has said. It is clear from this debate that I want these powers to come to the Scottish Parliament, but SNP Members want them to stay with the EU. I find it fascinating that I have a higher opinion of the ability of Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet to make decisions on such matters in Scotland than her own party in Westminster does. That really tells...

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

Ross Thomson: I want to make some more progress, please. It would make no sense whatsoever to have four different sets of food labelling rules, because it would simply add to our companies’ costs and cause confusion for customers right across the UK. Common frameworks are needed to secure the functioning of the UK internal market, as my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk...

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

Ross Thomson: No, thank you. We need clause 11 to work for our United Kingdom—to protect it as well as enhancing our devolution settlement. It is in the interests of all our constituents that a deal is reached and an LCM is passed in the Scottish Parliament, so perhaps the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber should reflect on his pantomime performance earlier this afternoon. I know he is no...

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

Ross Thomson: This has been a very interesting debate. It has been quite extraordinary to hear some of the rhetoric from Opposition Members about power grabs. I do not care where that phrase originated from. Whether it was Gordon Brown, Kezia in the jungle, or Patrick Harvie, the fact is that it is simply not true. It is amazing that Opposition Members have found this new belief in sovereignty. Let us go...

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

Ross Thomson: No, I am just getting started. There has been no ability to scrutinise them, amend them, or even reject them. Now, on the day that we leave the EU in March 2019, powers will be returned to the UK and the Scottish Parliament will become more powerful than it already is.

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

Ross Thomson: No, thank you. The Scottish Parliament will regain powers over agriculture, the environment and transport, for example. We have seen quite an astonishing level of hypocrisy from Opposition Members today. Where was the SNP’s belief in sovereignty when over the past 40 years laws were imposed on the people of Scotland by the EU without debate in this place, or over the past 20 years...

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

Ross Thomson: I am aware of the European Parliament, which cannot reject the legislation that is imposed on it by unelected commissioners. This is about re-establishing democracy. The EU has nothing to do with democracy—it is a deficit in democracy. We are taking that back. Opposition Members should celebrate that fact.

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

Ross Thomson: Thank you, Sir David. There was no option for debate, and no opportunity to amend or even reject those laws. Where was SNP Members’ concern for sovereignty then?

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

Ross Thomson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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