Devolution

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 20 April 2023.

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Absolutely. Lord Frost, an unelected Tory peer, gave the game away. He said the quiet bit out loud. He said what every Scottish Conservative really thinks. I will quote him. He said:

“Not only must no more powers be devolved to Scotland, it’s time to reverse the process.”

He also said:

“Ministers should make it clear that, if re-elected, they will review and roll back some currently devolved powers.”

It is hardly a surprise that the party that did not support the Scottish Parliament now wants to dismantle it.

Let me be abundantly clear. Whether it is in relation to the section 35 veto, the Conservatives’ inability to grant an exemption under the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 or the fact that they want to curtail our excellent international development work and external engagement, the Scottish National Party-led Scottish Government will always defend our democracy and we will always defend the voice and the will of the Scottish people.