Sewel Convention

As I am sure you are aware, I am a strong supporter of devolution. I believe it is important that relations between the UK and Scottish governments are as constructive as possible to deliver the best outcomes for the Scottish people. I therefore wish to reassure you that there is no power grab against the Scottish Parliament and none of the powers they are currently able to exercise are being taken away.

The EU Withdrawal Act confirmed that where EU law intersects with devolved competence, those powers will flow directly to the devolved Administrations on the day the UK leaves the EU. This means over 100 powers will go directly to the Scottish Parliament. Further powers will also be devolved over the following seven years, as the UK Government and the devolved administrations agree frameworks which will make sure the UK’s internal market is protected.

I sincerely hope both Governments can work constructively together as the UK prepares to leave the EU.


Last updated January 2020