111 Scottish Parliament Powers at Risk of Brexit Power Grab

20 Sep 2017

The Tory Government is attempting to hijack 111 different powers which are currently devolved to the Scottish Parliament, including vital areas such as railway ownership, GM foods, pesticides regulation, the sharing of criminal data, protected food names, state aid, EU citizens’ voting rights and fracking.

 

The EU Withdrawal Bill contains provisions for the wholesale transfer of powers from Brussels to London, even in policy areas which are currently devolved. This threatens to undermine the progressive policies put in place by the SNP Government over the past 10 years.

 

Kenneth Gibson commented:

 

“It is ironic that as we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the referendum on the creation of the Scottish Parliament, the UK Government is attempting to reclaim so many of the powers that were returned to the Scottish people in 1997.

 

“To fight back against this blatant power grab, the Scottish Government, together with the Welsh Government, have published 38 amendments which they believe are required to stop Westminster taking control of these devolved powers.

 

“Time will tell if the UK Government will act in the interests of all nations and find a Withdrawal Bill which respects the rights of the devolved Governments of Scotland and Wales.”

 

Please see below the full list of devolved powers to be absorbed by the UK Government if the EU Withdrawal Bill goes ahead in its current form:

 

1. Agricultural Support

 

2. Agriculture – Fertiliser Regulations

 

3. Agriculture – Genetically Modified Organisms Marketing & Cultivation

 

4. Agriculture – Organic Farming

 

5. Agriculture – Zootech

 

6. Animal Health and Traceability

 

7. Animal Welfare

 

8. Aviation Noise Management at Airports

 

9. Blood Safety and Quality

 

10. Carbon Capture & Storage

 

11. Chemicals regulation (including pesticides)

 

12. Civil judicial co-operation – jurisdiction and recognition & enforcement of judgments in civil & commercial matters (including B1 rules and related EU conventions)

 

13. Civil judicial co-operation – jurisdiction and recognition & enforcement of judgments instruments in family law (including B IIa, Maintenance and civil protection orders)

 

14. Civil judicial cooperation on service of documents and taking of evidence

 

15. Criminal offences minimum standards measures – Combating Child Sexual Exploitation Directive

 

16. Control of major accident hazards

 

17. Cross border mediation

 

18. Data sharing – EU fingerprint database

 

19. Data sharing – European Criminal Records Information System

 

20. Data sharing – False and Authentic Documents Online

 

21. Data sharing – passenger name records

 

22. Data sharing – Prüm framework

 

23. Data sharing – Schengen Information System (SIS II)

 

24. Efficiency in energy use

 

25. Elements of Reciprocal Healthcare

 

26. Elements of the Network and Information Security Directive

 

27. Elements of Tobacco Regulation

28. Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

 

29. Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

 

30. Environmental law concerning energy planning consents

 

31. Environmental law concerning offshore oil & gas installations within territorial waters

 

32. Environmental quality – Air Quality

 

33. Environmental quality – Chemicals

 

34. Environmental quality – Flood Risk Management

 

35. Environmental quality – International timber trade

 

36. Environmental quality – Marine environment

 

37. Environmental quality – Natural Environment and Biodiversity

 

38. Environmental quality – Ozone depleting substances and F-gases

 

39. Environmental quality – Pesticides

 

40. Environmental quality – Spatial Data Infrastructure Standards

 

41. Environmental quality – Waste Packaging & Product Regulations

 

42. Environmental quality – Waste Producer Responsibility Regulations

 

43. Environmental quality – Water Quality

 

44. Environmental quality – Water Resources

 

45. Environmental quality – Biodiversity – access and benefit sharing of genetic resources

 

46. Equal Treatment Legislation

 

47. EU agencies – EU – large-scale IT systems

 

48. EU agencies – Eurojust

 

49. EU agencies – Europol

 

50. EU Social Security Coordination

 

51. Fisheries Management & Support

 

52. Food and Feed Law

 

53. Food Compositional Standards

 

54. Food Geographical Indications (Protected Food Names)

 

55. Food Labelling

 

56. Forestry (domestic)

57. Free movement of healthcare (the right for EEA citizens to have their elective procedure in another member state)

 

58. Genetically modified micro-organisms contained use

 

59. Good laboratory practice

 

60. Harbours

 

61. Hazardous Substances Planning

 

62. Heat metering and billing information

 

63. High Efficiency Cogeneration

 

64. Implementation of EU Emissions Trading System

 

65. Ionising radiation

 

66. Land use

 

67. Late payment (commercial transactions)

 

68. Legal aid in cross-border cases

 

69. Migrant Access to benefits

 

70. Minimum standards housing & care: regulation of the use of animals

 

71. Minimum standards legislation – child sexual exploitation

 

72. Minimum standards legislation – cybercrime

 

73. Minimum standards legislation – football disorder

 

74. Minimum standards legislation – human trafficking

 

75. Mutual recognition of professional qualifications

 

76. Mutual recognition of criminal court judgments measures & cross border cooperation – European Protection Order, Prisoner Transfer Framework Directive, European Supervision Directive, Compensation to Crime Victims Directive

 

77. Nutrition health claims, composition and labelling

 

78. Onshore hydrocarbons licensing

 

79. Organs

 

80. Plant Health, Seeds and Propagating Material

 

81. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – Asset Recovery Offices

 

82. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – European Investigation Order

 

83. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – Joint Action on Organised Crime

 

84. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – Joint investigation teams

 

85. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – mutual legal assistance

 

86. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – mutual recognition of asset freezing orders

 

87. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – mutual recognition of confiscation orders

 

88. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – Schengen Article 40

 

89. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – Swedish initiative

 

90. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – European judicial network

 

91. Practical cooperation in law enforcement – implementation of European Arrest Warrant

 

92. Procedural rights (criminal cases) – minimum standards measures

 

93. Provision of legal services

 

94. Provision in the 1995 Data Protection Directive (soon to be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation) allowing for more than one supervisory authority in each member state

 

95. Public sector procurement

 

96. Public health (serious cross-border threats to health)

 

97. Radioactive Source Notifications – Trans-frontier shipments

 

98. Radioactive waste treatment and disposal

 

99. Rail franchising rules

 

100. Rail markets and operator licensing

 

101. Recognition of insolvency proceedings in EU Member States

 

102. Renewable Energy Directive

 

103. Rules on applicable law in civil & commercial cross border claims

 

104. Sentencing – taking convictions into account

 

105. State Aid

 

106. Statistics

 

107. Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive

 

108. Tissues and cells

 

109. Uniform fast-track procedures for certain civil and commercial claims (uncontested debts, small claims)

 

110. Victims’ rights measures (criminal cases)

 

111. Voting rights and candidacy rules for EU citizens in local government elections

 

ENDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                  

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