Air Departure Tax (Update)

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

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Photo of Jamie Greene Jamie Greene Conservative

Contrary to what was in the cabinet secretary’s statement today, my understanding is that the UK Government has bent over backwards to work with the Scottish Government to find a solution, so I cannot be the only person who is deeply suspicious about the motivation behind the statement. Does he really believe that the Parliament will be fooled by his faux concern over the devolution of the tax? Why does he not admit that it has nothing to do with the EU and everything to do with backtracking on his promise in return for support from the Greens?