Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine says a report on the relationship between the UK and Scottish Governments shows the need for changes to reflect devolution and described proposals as a potential move towards federalism.
The Scottish Affairs Committee report on intergovernmental relations, calls for a review of whether the existing Scotland Office should be replaced and suggests one option could be a new department of devolved nations and regions.
Ms Jardine said:
“There was clear evidence from those who have been at the centre of devolution over two decades that the intergovernmental framework needs to continue to develop. As a Scottish Liberal Democrat I see that has the potential to move us towards federalism.
“The committee heard evidence from both a former Liberal Democrat deputy First Minister and Labour First Minister that identified suggestions for improving the way the intergovernmental structure works.
“Lord Jim Wallace suggested a council of ministers of devolved administrations and Westminster on the European model, while the suggestion of a department of nations and regions has been muted before. Both suggestions have the potential to move us towards a federal structure.
“Certainly the Brexit process mess and disagreements over new powers and frameworks has underlined the need for a strong dispute resolution mechanism to be put in place.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for that and a federal structure as the logical and common sense conclusion to the devolution process.”