Sorry, Nicola! Supreme Court strikes down two SNP bills in huge win for Boris

John Swinney: Scotland to have more powers with own currency

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill and the European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill were passed in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary recess. But Scottish Secretary Alister Jack referred both Bills to the Supreme Court earlier this year over concerns it is outwith Holyrood’s powers.

A judgement was issued on Wednesday by Britain’s highest court after a two-day hearing in June. 

Mr Jack added: “As we have been clear, our concerns were never to do with the policy of the Bills, but about whether they are within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with the Scottish Government to address any competence concerns with future Scottish Parliament legislation.”

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland said the ruling “lays bare the weakness of, and the limits in, the devolution settlement” for Scotland. 

He added: “Today’s judgment will require careful consideration.

“One thing is already crystal clear: the devolution settlement does not give Scotland the powers it needs.”


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