Re­la­tion­ship be­tween gov­ern­ments to be probed

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By RUS­SELL JACK­SON

An in­quiry into the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the UK and Scot­tish gov­ern­ments has been launched by the House of Com­mons Scot­tish af­fairs com­mit­tee.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will ex­am­ine “the ef­fec­tive­ness of ex­ist­ing mech­a­nisms for in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal re­la­tions, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to the over­lap of re­served and de­volved pow­ers”, as well as the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tion process.

The di­vi­sion of re­spon­si­bil­ity for dif­fer­ent ar­eas of pub­lic pol­icy and on­go­ing process of the de­vo­lu­tion of new pow­ers means the gov­ern­ments work closely in sev­eral ar­eas.

Com­mit­tee chair Pete Wishart said: “When we see dis­putes set­tled in front of the Supreme Court, we ask if the mech­a­nisms for en­sur­ing good co-op­er­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion are work­ing as well as they need to.”

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