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Blow to Sturgeon: SNP plot to give Scotland a say in post-Brexit trade deals REJECTED

SNP MP’s Stewart Hosie, Margaret Ferrier and Joanna Cherry tabled a motion in the House of Commons which would have ensured that devolved governments had a say in how UK post-Brexit trade deals are negotiated. Plaid Cymru politician Ben Lake and SDLP MP Colum Eastwood from Northern Ireland also tabled the amendment.

It comes amid fears by Holyrood the UK could leave without a trade deal at the end of the Brexit transition period after a stalemate in recent negotiations with the Brussels bloc – leaving the devolved administrations vulnerable.

DUP MP Carla Lockhart also backed the deal and told The Commons: “Our role should be proactive and not passive.

“That is why we will be supporting amendment NC4.

“Parliament’s role must be enhanced ahead of negotiations.”

 

She added that the devolved administrations “should also have a meaningful role”.

Ben Lake stressed that Wales faced being “left with less of a say over our future than a regional parliament in Belgium”.

Speaking before the vote, he said: “If the Westminster Government is putting the interests of all four UK nations first in any trade deal, they have nothing to worry about.

“All of the parliaments will simply vote through any agreement.

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He tweeted: “Remember Tories telling voters @theSNP was scaremongering about the NHS being sold down river to secure a US Trade deal?

“Well, the Tories told blatant lies & this proves it.

“Tory Bill passed to Lords last night as Tory MPs voted down protections for [Scottish] NHS #indyref2.”

But opening the debate, International Trade Minister Greg Hands said the Government was “committed to transparency” regarding scrutiny of international agreements.

 

He said: “International agreements themselves cannot alter domestic law and any changes to UK legislation would need to be scrutinised by Parliament in the normal way.

“We are strongly committed to transparency, as demonstrated by the steps we have taken to provide comprehensive information to the public and Parliament.”



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