Thu 30 Jul, 2020

I’m not surprised the Scottish and Welsh governments have echoed our concerns, this white paper is a serious threat to the powers of the devolved nations to make decisions Patrick Harvie

The UK’s internal market white paper poses a threat to devolution and Scotland’s democracy, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Fears raised by the Scottish Greens about the white paper last week have since been echoed by the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

Over 2,800 people have written to UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma via the Scottish Greens website to reject the proposals. 

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “I’m not surprised the Scottish and Welsh governments have echoed our concerns, this white paper is a serious threat to the powers of the devolved nations to make decisions.

“The details reveal these proposals are not just about EU powers. It would place a veto in the hands of Boris Johnson on any devolved decision that threatens free market dogma and the interests of big business. This 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.

“I’m glad thousands have joined me in writing to the UK Government asking them to withdraw these proposals now.”

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