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Scotland, Independence, Brexit and the Great Repeal Bill

​We've been hearing recently about the Scottish Parliament ignoring the Brexit vote by rebuffing the Great Repeal Bill. The aim of the Great Repeal Bill is to translate EU law into British law once Britain leaves the unelected EU dictatorship. I talk a lot about the Great Repeal Bill in my book The Liberation of Britain Part 1. Here is an extract from my third book:

It was known as the Repeal Bill in the background notes accompanying the Queen's speech in June 2017, and referred to as the Great Repeal Bill earlier. It was first mentioned in the Conservative Party Conference in October 2016. Prime Minister Theresa May promised a Great Repeal Bill, which would repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and restate in British law all enactments previously imposed under EU law. This bill was introduced in the 2017 parliamentary session and enacted before or during the Brexit negotiations. It would not come into force until the date of exit, which was almost set on the 29th March 2019. The objective of the Great Repeal Bill was to smooth the transition by ensuring that all laws remain in force until specifically repealed.

The Bill passed through the House of Commons and at this point is going through the House of Lords, albeit very slowly and is forced back to the House of Commons. In light of all of this, there is a devolved aspect of this. This is because Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have devolved governments, but still have to refer to the national government in Westminster. The Welsh government, with reluctance, supported the Great Repeal Bill to be passed. The Scottish government on the other hand, didn't. This is because the Scottish National Party (SNP) are opposed to Brexit, but bizarrely wanted Scottish independence. Common sense would say that no country can be independent if it is a member of the European Union. The decision by the Scottish Parliament to refuse to give its consent to the Brexit Bill was a powerful, but largely symbolic, gesture.


It is worth going back to the beginning. In 2014, Scotland held an independence vote. 55% of the voting public in Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom. In 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum on whether we should stay or leave the EU. 52% of the UK public voted to leave the EU. The majority of Scotland may have voted to remain in the EU, but at the end of the day Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom like the other constituent nations. That didn't stop the SNP wanting another independence vote. This was even though most of the Scottish public didn't want another vote. Here are some extracts from my first book The Occupation of Britain:


On the 20th November 2016, research that came out, revealed that at least one Scottish constituency voted for Brexit, undermining Nicola Sturgeon's desperate attempts to keep the country in the EU. The figures from Chris Hanretty, one of Britain's leading election analysts, show the Remain campaign did not secure a clean sweep of voters north of the Border after all. Dr Hanretty, a reader in politics at the University of East Anglia, calculated the Leave vote share in every Westminster constituency in the country. His research shows that a majority of people in Banff and Buchan voted to quit the EU, with 54% choosing to take back control from Brussels. The constituency, which is represented by the SNP's Dr Eilidh Whiteford included the fishing ports of Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The fishing industry voted with their boats to leave as the UK fishing industry took a hell of a beating from the EU's Common Fisheries Policy.


The big SNP support for Brexit was all the more remarkable given that SNP Leavers had no party leaders, media or grassroots campaign to support them. Remain on the other hand had the support of the entire Scottish establishment, government, opposition and media. The short campaign also favoured Remain. These numbers have profound implications for any proposal to run Indyref 2 on the basis that the 'Scotland should remain in the EU' mantra is still going strong.

The results of the EU referendum in Scotland have only been, shown by council area, masking such local hotbeds of Eurosceptism. It was thought that Moray, which is both a council area and a Westminster constituency, had recorded the biggest Scottish vote for Leave, with 49.9%. Peterhead is a fishing town in Banff and Buchan. However, Dr Hanretty's research revealed that Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross was also on a knife edge, with 49.4% voting to exit the EU.


Another fact that comes into play is that one third of SNP supporters voted to leave the EU. These included Alex Neil and Jim Sillars. In fact, the former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars came out saying that if the SNP were to base a potential independence referendum in Scotland to EU membership, he would vote no or abstain. In 2017, the SNP lost 22 seats in the snap General Election, mostly to the Conservatives and a few to Labour and the Liberal Democrats. In 2017, Moray was one of those seats that went to the Conservatives from the SNP. There we have it. The SNP is sinking and will continue to sink. The Union just might become stronger, but don't expect the Legacy Media like the BBC or Sky News to tell you this. In 2017, the Great Repeal Bill started to go through Parliament including the devolved parliaments. Here is an extract from The Liberation of Britain Part 1:

Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was severely rebutted by Theresa May for demanding to keep 111 EU rules and regulations in return for backing the Brexit Bill. Sturgeon and Wales's First Minister Carwyn Jones, wrote to Theresa May demanding 38 amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill in return for recommending their parliaments give the thumbs up to the new law. Basically, ignoring Brexit. They wanted all 111 EU laws and regulations involving devolved powers. These were originally created by the British Government, which may have been set to be handed directly to parliaments in Cardiff and Edinburgh. However, Theresa May's deputy Damian Green hit out at Sturgeon saying that they would end up doing things four different ways in the UK's four nations which could increase costs for consumers, companies and workers. Although some powers from Brussels would be devolved, the Government would do nothing to undermine the benefits of the UK's own single market. A warning from Damian Green. The Government also gave a number of examples from Sturgeon's lengthy list of EU rules she wanted to keep for Scotland. These rules included food labelling, pesticides and infectious disease control in animals.

Wales eventually supported the Great Repeal Bill. The Scottish government continued to ignore the vote by rebuffing the Bill. The SNP still think that Scotland can be independent in the EU. Not possible at all. The SNP leadership is living in a dream world.


For more information about the first 12 months of Brexit and Scotland:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Occupation-Britain-Daniel-Bullen/dp/1973391686/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519288341&sr=1-1&keywords=daniel+bullen


For more information:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Restoring-Britain-post-Brexit-Daniel-Bullen/dp/197697030X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1523352757&sr=8-2&keywords=Daniel+Bullen


For more information about the Great Repeal Bill and other issues relating to the Brexit process:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liberation-Britain-Part-1/dp/1982917032/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1527002825&sr=8-2&keywords=Daniel+Bullen




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Friday, 17 August 2018