Boris Johnson’s Government has announced the devolved nations will be given a number of new powers from the start of next year, once the EU transit
Boris Johnson’s Government has announced the devolved nations will be given a number of new powers from the start of next year, once the EU transition period has ended. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be handed new jurisdictions in areas such as air quality, animal welfare and food labelling, which are currently regulated at EU level. But the new powers have been heavily criticised by the SNP – as Nicola Sturgeon had hoped to have more sweeping powers post-Brexit.
The UK Government has outlined which powers currently held by the EU it intends to take on, and which will be handed over to devolved administrations.
The three nations will be given a number of new powers in order to ensure trade is policed between different parts of the country.
But they will have to recognise standards drawn up elsewhere in the UK, in a bid to protect cross-border trade.
The SNP said the move would “strip power” from the Scottish Parliament”.
Scottish Constitution Secretary Michael Russell has heavily criticised the proposals.
He said the plan would enable the UK Government to “impose lower standards on Scotland” in its bid to sign trade deals around the world after Brexit.
The Welsh government has also criticised the proposals, and said the paper had not been shared with Welsh ministers.
But Michael Gove has defended the move and said it represented a “power surge to the devolved administrations” in a number of areas.
Earlier this year Ms Sturgeon had called for Scotland to have its own visa and immigration powers post-Brexit.
As a result, the Scottish Parliament are likely to be disappointed with the limited scope of the new devolved powers.
Ms Sturgeon is yet to make a statement on the new proposals.
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