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S5W-17187: Emma Harper (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 14 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact will be for Scotland’s (a) farming and (b) fisheries sector following the decision by the UK Parliament on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 27 June 2018

The Scottish Government regards the passing of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by the UK Parliament as a clear and fundamental breach of the Sewel Convention, and as an attack on the existing devolution settlement. These actions undermine the trust and credibility of inter-governmental engagement between the nations of the UK, jeopardising the scope for such engagement to continue.

As I have stated previously, as it stands the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will give the UK Government powers to make changes in devolved policy areas for the next 7 years – this includes areas where the needs of Scotland are very different to the rest of the UK, such as the extent of our upland hill sheep farming and the need for fisheries management arrangements that are tailored for Scottish circumstances.

The Scottish Government will continue to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the powers of the Scottish Parliament over areas that are clearly devolved, such as agriculture and fisheries, and to prevent a Westminster power grab.