SNP looks to tar­get Brexit anger on Trade Bill

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By TOM PETERKIN

The SNP sig­nalled that it could dis­rupt the UK gov­ern­ment’s Trade Bill as its West­min­ster leader vowed to con­sider “what­ever ac­tion is nec­es­sary” to pro­tect Scot­land’s in­ter­ests.

Ian Black­ford said “a line had been crossed” when it came to the UK gov­ern­ment’s treat­ment of de­vo­lu­tion.

He added he had “real con­cerns” over the Trade Bill, which aims to en­sure the UK can con­tinue its ex­ist­ing trade pol­icy as far as pos­si­ble im­me­di­ately af­ter Brexit.

Brexit min­is­ter Michael Rus­sell also called for de­volved na­tions to have a stronger role in the leg­is­la­tion dur­ing a speech in Dublin.

Mean­while, Ni­cola Stur­geon said SNP mem­ber­ship had risen by 5,085 since her West­min­ster col­leagues stormed out of the House of Com­mons.

At First Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions, Ms Stur­geon said: “What we saw this week was the most clear and pow­er­ful ev­i­dence so far that West­min­ster sys­tem sim­ply does not work for Scot­land.”

She said the Tories had “ripped up” the con­ven­tion that had un­der­pinned de­vo­lu­tion for two decades in the “most con­temp­tu­ous way pos­si­ble”. She added: “Peo­ple are an­gry. Peo­ple are talk­ing about it.”

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