MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the progress of the Scottish Government’s continuity
bill which was passed by 95 votes to 32.
The bill is being introduced after the UK Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill was called
“incompatible with the devolution settlement” by a cross-party Holyrood committee.
The Continuity Bill will come into effect if the Scottish Parliament decides not
to consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill and will prevent what ministers have described
as a “power grab.”
Mr Allan said it aims to ensure Scotland’s laws will still work properly on the day
the UK leaves the EU.
Alasdair Allan criticised Conservative MSPs who attempted to “filibuster and sabotage”
He said: “This bill is vital in protecting the Scottish Parliament's powers and is
only going forward because the Tories are attempting a post-Brexit power-grab on
“If the Tories’ Withdrawal Bill at Westminster continues to demonstrate a clear intention
to diminish the powers of our parliament, every MSP who believes in the Scottish
Parliament itself itself will have a duty to withhold consent. That is why this bill
is so important – it prepares our statute books for life post-Brexit.
“I am opposed to leaving the EU in line with the majority of people in our islands,
and across Scotland, but the Scottish Government has a duty to prepare our laws for
Proposed legislation will ‘help protect islands post-Brexit’