Last week Neil Findlay MSP led Scottish Labour’s charge against a Tory attack on devolution in the EU Withdrawal Bill debate at Holyrood.
The Scottish and UK Parliaments have been in negotiations for weeks regarding the powers that will be devolved to Scotland posy-Brexit.
In the debate Neil Findlay said, regarding the 24 areas of dispute:
“We cannot and will not support those powers being repatriated to anywhere other than this Parliament and then consent sought to create the common frameworks and regulations.
“That is absolutely consistent with the Scottish Labour Party’s long-held commitment and support for devolution. Labour was central to establishing the Scottish Constitutional Convention, which-we should not forget-the Tories and the SNP boycotted.
Labour representatives, some in this Parliament, did the heavy lifting, working across parties with the Liberals, the Greens and civic society, at times having to compromise but, in the end, agreeing a workable model for Scotland’s Parliament.”
Labour voted to not give its consent to the bill, arguing that it would ultimately restrict the powers of Holyrood.
MSPs voted by 93 to 30 that Holyrood “does not consent to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill”.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“As the party that delivered devolution Labour will always seek to defend and strengthen it.
“The Tories shambolic handling of this key area for Scotland is pushing the case towards the Supreme Court.
“The people of Scotland want this mess fixed and even at this late stage there is still time to do that.
“That is why this week Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard called for cross-party talks featuring all of the parties of the Scottish Parliament to break the Tory/SNP Brexit deadlock.”
This is the first time the Scottish parliament has refused consent to a piece of Westminster legislation. However, Westminster still has the power to impose it.