Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The Conservatives` bill for a so-called UK single market is anathema. It is a naked seizure of power that would paralyze decentralization. These letters expressed the British Government`s view that the decentralisation agreements did not intend for the devolution administrations to be able to thwart the UK Government`s exercise of reserved powers. The British Government had hoped that the Scottish and Welsh Governments would consider the Bill on the basis of the provisions for which we had sought their consent, including the important powers vested in them to protect civil rights. It is clear that the fate of the draft Withdrawal Agreement rests on certain doubts. In addition to the opposition of the pro-Brexit (and some pro-Remain) Conservatives, the opposition parties seem united in their determination to vote against the deal when it comes to Parliament. We will continue to respect and maintain the Sewel Convention and the decentralisation agreements. In the withdrawal agreement with the EU, Northern Ireland is still in the UK, but must follow elements of the EU Customs Code. Through extensive consultation and commitment, it has respected the spirit and letter of the decentralization regime.

Changes have been made to recognise the legitimate concerns of our partners in the Scottish and Welsh Governments. We also worked closely with the Northern Ireland Civil Service during the absence of the Executive. With just days to go before the end of the Brexit transition period, it is still unclear whether there will be a new deal between the UK and the EU at its end. But some things will change, whether there is an agreement or not. This briefing note presents the main changes and preparations of the UK and the EU. The backstop agreement also commits the UK to maintain common minimum standards “with the aim of ensuring the proper functioning of the single customs territory”, including in large parts of environmental policy, employment policy and state aid, with independent monitoring and enforcement. Over the past two weeks, the issue of decentralisation has again been represented in the Brexit debate. “We could not support a deal with the EU that would prevent the UK from negotiating independently on access and quota shares. Access and quota shares cannot be included in the future economic partnership.

However, this is not the dominant view within the UK government, which sees itself as solely responsible for both eu relations – which are reserved in decentralisation agreements – and issues affecting the UK as a whole. “Within the framework of the general economic partnership, the creation of a new fisheries agreement has been completed. access to waters and quota shares, which must be available in time to be used to determine fishing opportunities for the first year following the transitional period. Ministers put forward legislation needed to prevent “harmful” tariffs on goods travelling to Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK if negotiations with the EU on a free trade agreement fail. It was “signed on the assumption that subsequent agreements could be reached to clarify these aspects,” the spokesman added. Johnson said the law would protect jobs and growth – and was a “massive evolutionary act” that would represent a “very substantial transfer of power and sovereignty” to Scotland and Wales. Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said: “For generations, Britain`s word – solemnly given – has been accepted by its friends and enemies. Our signature on every treaty or agreement was sacrosanct. It is important to note that despite the reasoning of some, decentralised lawmakers have not been asked to fully accept Brexit. In accordance with the decentralization agreements, they were asked to accept the specific parts of the law that fall under decentralized competence or to enter the legislative approval procedure.

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