Welsh Labour and Scottish SNP join forces to label the British Government undemocratic as details of the rewritten withdrawal agreement get released today.

With the details of the rewritten withdrawal agreement being released later today, it didn’t take long for the Scottish and Welsh devolved governments going on the attack against the UK Government. The UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma backed the changes to the withdrawal agreement saying: “Without these necessary reforms, the way we trade goods and services between the home nations could be seriously impacted, harming the way we do business within our own borders. “Now is not the time to create uncertainty for business with new barriers and additional costs that would trash our chances of an economic recovery.”
With these quotes from the government, the reactions came in from the SNP. Michael Russell, Scotland’s Constitution Secretary, said: “This is a shabby blueprint that will open the door to bad trade deals and unleashes an assault on devolution the like we have not experienced since the Scottish Parliament was established. We cannot, and will not, allow that to happen. “It will open the door to a race to the bottom on food standards, environmental standards and will endanger key public health policies such as minimum unit pricing. “It will also deliver a hammer blow to the Scottish economy by making it harder for the UK Government to conclude Free Trade agreements if other countries think the UK won’t meet its obligations.” Russell said that Scottish ministers “couldn’t recommend consent to a Bill that undermines devolution and the Scottish Parliament, and which, by the UK Government’s own admission, is going to break international law”.
The Welsh Labour government then backed the SNP by also going onto the attack against the UK government saying: “Let me be clear – the UK Government plans to sacrifice the future of the union by stealing powers from devolved administrations. “This Bill is an attack on democracy and an affront to the people of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, who have voted in favour of devolution on numerous occasions. “Their proposals for mutual recognition may sound sensible, but they are the starting gun for a race to the bottom, undermining the high standards we currently enjoy in terms of food standards, animal welfare and the environment.”
With the two governments repeating each other labelling Westminster as undemocratic, the Scottish Secretary Alister Jack then stepped in, opening up expressing why these changes are necessary. Mr Jack said: “Without this legislation, there would be a serious risk to our jobs and businesses which is not surprising given the rest of the UK is Scotland’s biggest market, worth £55 billion a year, and a massive 60 percent of all our exports.” “EU powers are also being returned to us so we can further invest in communities and businesses in Scotland to help us bounce back from the economic shock of coronavirus. “Our proposals to safeguard the UK internal market are complementary to our ongoing work to develop UK-wide frameworks, and I hope the devolved administration will work with us as we take this forward.” What’re your thoughts on this? Join the conversation below, leave your comments and have your say.

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