Scottish people have 'no trust' in Boris Johnson or UK Government - SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford

The people of Scotland have "no trust" in Boris Johnson or his Government, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has claimed.

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 1:42 pm

Mr Blackford condemned the Internal Market Bill, describing it as the "biggest attack on our Scottish Parliament in the history of devolution".

Mr Johnson's controversial Brexit legislation, enabling the UK to break international law, cleared the House of Commons on Tuesday night.

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Mr Johnson responded that the Bill "gives power back to Scotland" as he announced a lifting of the ban on British beef in America.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford. Picture: PA Wire
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford. Picture: PA Wire

Speaking in the Commons during Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Blackford asked the Prime Minister: "Why does he think the people of Scotland have no trust in him or his Government?"

He added: "Yesterday the Scottish social attitudes survey revealed that just 15% of people trust the UK Government to work in Scotland's interests. Last night Scotland's MPs voted overwhelmingly against the Tory 'power grab bill' but the Prime Minister forced it through anyway, in the biggest attack on our Scottish Parliament in the history of devolution."

Mr Johnson replied: "I'm afraid that he's completely wrong in what he says about the Internal Market Bill, and perhaps the people of Scotland deserve to hear a clearer account of what it does from him.

"After all, this Bill devolves - which is I believe is supported by the leader of the Opposition - power back down to, back to, Scotland, gives power back to Scotland. Enables Scotland not just to take back control of Scotland's spectacular fisheries, but also opens markets for Scottish agriculture around the world.

"I may tell the House today is a historic day because, after 23 years in which every successive government has failed, this Government has managed to lift the ban on British beef in America and Scottish beef will be going to the US, thanks to the efforts of the British Government."

Mr Blackford asked if the PM would withdraw the Internal Market Bill or "force it through against our wishes".

SNP, Labour and Green MSPs have all raised concerns about the Bill’s impact on the devolution settlement and the government's ability to set its own food standards as well as potential privatisation of the NHS.

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