Air Departure Tax (Update)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 5th October 2017.

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Photo of Derek Mackay Derek Mackay Scottish National Party

It is true to say that the UK Government will not go through the notification procedure unless the Scottish Government bears the risks of doing so. That means that it is Scottish taxpayers who will bear the risks from the operation of a historical policy of the UK Government. That is the difference, and that is what I am trying to point out to members. It is an absurd position, but it is to be hoped that the UK Government will work constructively with us so that we are able to proceed.