Scott: Supreme Court ruling helps make case for federal reform of UK

Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott has today welcomed the Supreme Court's judgment on the Scottish Parliament's continuity bill.

Commenting on the judgment, Mr Scott said:

"I welcome this judgement from the Supreme Court and the clarity it brings.

"The judgement confirms 'the Scottish bill as a whole would not be outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament', when we voted it through. What's more, the difference between the situation "before" and "after" passage of the UK Act gives weight to the view that the UK reduced the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

"Going forward the UK needs to learn from this and make sure that, if Brexit goes ahead, the devolved administrations are fully involved in developing UK-wide frameworks, with proper dispute resolution mechanisms.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have always advocated a federal system for the UK where the administrations would be required to come together to agree frameworks. This Supreme Court judgement helps make the case for a modern, federal UK."

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