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Jardine attacks "shameful" UK Gov and "obstructive" SNP

June 14, 2018 6:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today secured an acceptance from the Secretary of State for Scotland that the Sewell Convention needs to be improved and has called for "a mature and professional partnership between different parts of the UK."

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Ms Jardine asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he accepted that "the events this week, the lack of debate on devolution have simply underlined the need for a proper enduring dispute resolution process rather than current system."

Responding to the Liberal Democrat MP, the Secretary of State accepted "intergovernmental arrangements need to be improved" and added that he wanted to "continue to work to try to achieve that."

Following the exchange, Ms Jardine said:

"The Brexit process has been a shambles and the treatment of the devolved administrations by the UK Government has been shameful. Unfortunately, the SNP's response has been equally obstructive and far from professional.

"While both of our governments continue to bicker, people across Scotland are being ignored. This has to change, which is why Liberal Democrats have argued that we need a strong dispute resolution mechanism put in place to build a mature and professional partnership between different parts of the UK.

"It is high time that the UK and Scottish Government agree a path forward. I am pleased Secretary of State for Scotland has today accepted that improvement is needed. He must, however, now follow up his words with actions."