Scott: Continuity Bill necessary but flawed

Speaking in the chamber in response to the Stage 1 debate of the Scottish Government’s UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott branded the legislation “necessary but flawed”.

The bill was introduced on 27th February to ensure that when the UK leaves the EU, Scots law continues to function without interruption.

Tavish Scott said:

“This bill is necessary but flawed. We want the UK and Scottish governments to agree on devolving the powers that are in Scotland to Scotland. If that happens this bill will not be needed.

"But that might not happen. So we will work to make this proposed law better. Above all we want the governments of the nations across the UK to agree in maintaining the UK single market. That matters for jobs from Shetland to Stranraer.

"The bill currently gives too much leeway to Ministers to do anything they like. So that must change. Where Scotland wants to stay in line with European laws then we should consider legislation that we have designed in Holyrood. That would be the best way to make sure we pass laws that suit Scottish needs.

"It is on this basis that the Lib Dems will support the Continuity Bill at its first parliamentary stage today.”

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