Alyn Smith’s update on the week of the EU Withdrawal Bill.
So, there it is. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill has been agreed in principle by the House of Commons and now moves on to the detailed consideration in the Commons and the Lords. This is despite a clear majority of Scots rejecting Brexit across every local authority in the land, and an even clearer majority of Scotland’s representatives in Westminster rejecting it too.
While I think Scotland can do better independent, I don’t want to see the UK have a bad time. The Bill approved in the early hours of Tuesday morning is offensive to me in almost every possible way.
There was no appetite for consensus and instead the tribalism was there for all to see. Each well-argued, genuine point was dismissed with “well, you would say that, wouldn’t you?” The Tory and Labour born-again Brexiteers, so keen to demonstrate their ideological purity, overlooked every flaw in their own argument.
For a lot of people Brexit isn’t real yet, so a lot of people are uneasy and disquieted, but not sure what will be best for the future. Well, the implications of this Bill will be felt in the real world soon enough. The devolved powers of the Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish governments are going to be comprehensively rewritten, our laws are going to be changed by junior ministers with less scrutiny than a mediaeval monarch. As people realise in their own lives, in loss of freedoms and in pounds and pence, the significance of what is going on, I remain confident that the mood will turn and opinions will crystallise that independence in Europe is the only durable way out of this mess.
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