The Scottish Parliament is “subordinate” to Westminster the Supreme Court in London has been told.
Documents published by the Scotland Office have also revealed this is the “fundamental objection” to the Scottish Parliament’s Contunuity Bill which is being challenged by the UK government.
According to the documents, “The fundamental objection to […] the Scottish Bill is a simple one: it is for [the UK] Parliament to amend the terms of the devolution settlement in the [Scotland Act] and not for the Scottish Parliament to do so by way of an [Act of the Scottish Parliament].”
The document adds: “It is an obvious recognition of the subordinate role of the Scottish Parliament vis-à-vis the sovereign Parliament.”
The description of the Scottish Parliament as “subordinate” has prompted anger on social media with many people contrasting the term with Scottish Tory claims that Holyrood is ‘one of the most powerful devolved Parliaments in the world’.
One poster said: ” “Subordinate”.. I’m sure that’s exactly how Westminster sees Scotland.”
Blogger James Kelly said: ” ‘An insubmissible attempt by a subordinate legislature’ – this is the UK government’s Advocate-General talking about ‘the most powerful devolved parliament in the world’ only a few seconds ago.”
The Supreme Court challenge relates to powers currently devolved to the Scottish parliament that should return to Scotland on the day the UK leaves the European Union. However the UK government has insisted it will seize some of the powers for a limited period and legislate on the areas without the consent of the Scottish parliament in order to help establish so-called UK fameworks.
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