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Scottish Conservative MP Douglas Ross hit out at the Scottish National Party for accusing Westminster of a “power grab” during the Brexit negotiations. Mr Ross stated that he had never heard a single SNP member “articulate” what powers have been grabbed by the UK Government.
Mr Ross said: “I have never heard a single SNP member be able articulate in this power grab what powers are being grabbed?
“Because if it is a power grab there most be powers currently held by the Scottish Parliament, enacted by the Scottish Government on behalf of the people of Scotland that we the UK Government are taking away.”
The SNP’s Alyn Smith replied: “The shared prosperity fund has been mentioned by every speaker on these benches that has spoken thus far.
“Currently the proposal is that the UK Government is going to take over that funding and control from London via the Scotland office.
“That is a power grab in surely any objective sense of the word.”
But, Mr Ross snapped back: “The search goes on, so I will keep asking them.
“What has just been described is a power that is currently held by the European Union, that the United Kingdom is going to get back because we chose in the referendum to leave the European Union, which the SNP would want to give back to the European Union.”
The response from the Scottish Conservative MP sparked laughter in the Chamber.
Earlier this week political scientist Professor John Curtice revealed there has been a shift in support towards Scottish independence from both pro-EU and Brexit supporters in Scotland.
The politics expert told TimesRadio the coronavirus pandemic may have led to a rise in support for Scottish independence.
Professor Curtice said: “The polls this year are saying that both groups have become a bit more pro yes although Remain voters are still much more likely to be in favour of yes than Leave voters.
“Leave voters are now switching to some degree.
“It is no longer obvious whether this most recent increase is to do with Brexit as opposed to something else.
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“The most obvious something else is of course coronavirus.”
He continued: “It is probably true that more people across the whole of the UK, not least England, now realise that quite a lot of life in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is not run by the UK Government in London.
“It is run by the developed administrations.
“Health and public health are all devolved responsibilities.
“Those devolved responsibilities have been exercised fundamentally for everyday life for people in Scotland.”
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