Wed 9 Sep, 2020

The UK Government’s Internal Market Bill is a direct assault on the principles of devolution and must be scrapped, the Scottish Greens have said.

In a bill the UK Government has admitted breaks international law, a veto over any devolved decision is placed in the hands of a new ‘Office for the Internal Market’ which will protect the UK Government’s deregulated approach to business across the four nations of the UK.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “This bill is every bit as bad as we feared. It places a veto in the hands of Boris Johnson over any devolved decisions which gets in the way of his free market extremism. Even his own ministers admit it is unlawful. It must be stopped.

“It threatens our environmental, food and farming standards. It threatens Scotland’s decisions to ban fracking or prevent new nuclear power stations. It could be applied to our bold public health measures such as minimum unit pricing, and it certainly could allow further private sector involvement in our NHS.”


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