Scottish Parliament’s Section 30 motion published

Commenting on the publication of the motion on a Section 30 order to be debated by MSPs this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“The Scottish Parliament will be asked this week to support a motion to give the people of Scotland a choice over their future – once the terms of Brexit are clear, but before it is too late to change course.

“If MSPs pass this motion this week, then the Prime Minister’s position of blocking a referendum and forcing through a hard Brexit without giving the people a choice will be democratically indefensible.

“The sovereign right of the people of Scotland to determine the form of government best suited to their needs is a longstanding and widely-accepted principle.

“Brexit will fundamentally change the form of government in Scotland – a change that Scotland opposed. The people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union, yet we now face being dragged out of Europe – and the single market – against our will.

“A hard Brexit threatens huge economic and social damage to Scotland, and the people must have the opportunity to choose a different, better path.

“I agree with the Prime Minister when she says that there needs to be clarity about the implications of Brexit before the people of Scotland can choose – that is precisely why we are proposing to hold the vote at the point where we know, through the Prime Minister’s own statements, we will have that clarity.

“A clear precedent was set in 2012 when the UK government said that the 2014 referendum should be ‘made in Scotland, by the people of Scotland’ – that is the principle that they must again hold to.

“Ultimately, this crucial decision over our future should not be made unilaterally by me, or by the Prime Minister – it should be made by the people of Scotland, and I call on Parliament to give the people that choice.”

 

The text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament acknowledges the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs and therefore mandates the Scottish Government to take forward discussions with the UK Government on the details of an order under section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998 to ensure that the Scottish Parliament can legislate for a referendum to be held that will give the people of Scotland a choice over the future direction and governance of their country at a time, and with a question and franchise, determined by the Scottish Parliament, which would most appropriately be between the autumn of next year, 2018, when there is clarity over the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and around the point at which the UK leaves the EU in spring 2019.

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6 thoughts on “Scottish Parliament’s Section 30 motion published

  1. Hugh Peat

    Long, tortuous and vague. Motions are by definition sharp and to the point. Don’t be surprised if the UK Government reject this motion as out of hand and ultra vires the Scottish Parliament.

    1. stewartb

      I suspect the UK Government, based on recent statements, would reject a motion on this subject regardless of its length etc.! (By the way, I predict that a word count of a representative sample of motions tabled in parliaments in the UK and internationally would reveal a high variance from a mean! But too busy on useful tasks to do the research.)

      I welcome the explicit reference in the motion to “sovereign right of the Scottish people” and the clear, re-statement on timing viz. “when there is clarity over the outcome of the Brexit negotiations”.

      Just heard the Labour Welsh First Minister state on C4 News that Wales, his Government and Assembly are being ignored by the Tory Government in Westminster over Article 50 and plans for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. And Wales voted in favour of leaving the EU!

    2. awkwardboy

      In what why is the motion ultra vires?
      It seems to me that it only asks for the established precedent be followed.
      How can that be characterised as beyond the powers?

  2. alasdairB

    In my opinion second word first line should read ‘this’ instead of ‘the’. This Change would providie clarity, emphasis and avoids any ambiguity as to which Parliament acknowledges the sovereign right of the Scottish people etc.

    All in all the motion does the job of stating quite clearly the position & desired outcome of the Scottish Government relevant to Scotland and #brexit. Whether or not we receive any reasonable response remains to be seen. Although I have my doubts we persevere in hope.

  3. yesindyref2

    “which would most appropriately be between the autumn of next year, 2018, when there is clarity over the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and around the point at which the UK leaves the EU in spring 2019”

    Poor wording I think. It should be more like this, missing out dates completely:

    which would most appropriately be between the time when there is clarity over the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and BEFORE the point at which the UK leaves the EU.

    That could happen in 1 year or 3, there’s no exact schedule.

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