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Sovereignty: Scotland

Scotland Office written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to publish a response to the report entitled, Scotland’s Right to Choose: Putting Scotland’s Future in Scotland’s Hands, published by the Scottish Government on 19 December 2019.

Photo of Owen Thompson Owen Thompson SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the exercise of Scottish self-determination expressed in the Claim of Right 1989 is contingent on the consent of the UK Government.

Photo of Owen Thompson Owen Thompson SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what criteria the Government uses to inform decision-making on whether to enable a second independence referendum in Scotland.

Photo of Alister Jack Alister Jack The Secretary of State for Scotland

The Prime Minister wrote to the First Minister of Scotland on 14 January 2020 to confirm he cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power from the UK Parliament to the Scottish Parliament that would lead to further independence referendums. The letter, which is published on gov.uk, sets out that the Prime Minister carefully considered and noted the arguments for such a transfer of power and makes clear that the UK Government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people who voted decisively in 2014 to remain part of the United Kingdom. The UK Parliament has demonstrated its endorsement of the principles of the Claim of Right 1989 by legislating for the existence of the new Scottish Parliament and with significant deepening of devolution since then.

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