Common Frameworks drawn up by the Westminster government will likely be imposed on Scotland if Nicola Sturgeon’s administration fails to agree with its UK counterpart, David Mundell has signalled.
In a clear indication of intent, the Scottish Sectretary of State refused to give a guarantee that frameworks drawn up by the Tory government would not be imposed north of the border.
The Scottish Conservative MP was appearing in front of the Scottish parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee to answer questions on Brexit.
Asked by committee chair, Bruce Crawford MSP, to rule out imposing frameworks in the event of no agreement, Mundell replied bizarrely: “I don’t accept the premise of the question because no common frame work has been imposed on Scotland …”
Pressed again by Bruce Crawford to rule out imposing common frameworks, Mundell referred to “other parts of the United Kingdom” and added: “I’m quite clear that the Scottish parliament doesn’t have a veto over what would happen in other parts of the United Kingdom.”
Mr Mundell also refused to rule out supporting a ‘No Deal’ scenario should the EU reject Theresa May’s so-called ‘Chequers Plan’. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier yesterday described the UK government’s plan as “dead”.
Pressed on whether he would rule out ‘No Deal’, the Secretary of State refused, saying merely, “I will not promote a no deal scenario”.
Mr Mundell’s refusal to say whether he’d reject a ‘No Deal’ is at odds with comments made by his Scottish leader earlier this year. Speaking in February, Ruth Davidson confirmed she would not support ‘No Deal’.
It is not known if Davidson, who has altered her stance on Brexit related issues several times, still holds this view.
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