Scotland in the United Kingdom: An enduring settlement

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Publication Date 22/01/2015
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The UK Government published on 22 January 2014 draft legislation to give Scottish Parliament more powers. A Command Paper including the 44 draft clauses sets out the new powers which will be transferred to Scotland following the historic all-party agreement reached by the Smith Commission in 2014.

The Scottish Parliament was set become one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world. It would be responsible for more than 60% of Scottish spending while being part of the wider UK.

The Scottish Government reacted to the proposals by saying that an urgent rethink was required across several of the legislative clauses outlined by the Prime Minister if the new legislation was to deliver on both the letter and the spirit of the Smith Commission proposals.

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EurActiv, 22.01.15: London transfers powers to Scotland as reward for staying in UK
United Kingdom: GOV.UK: News story, 22.01.15: All-party promise of new powers for Scotland delivered
The Conversation, 22.01.15: A bill for more Scottish powers is one thing, making it law is quite another
BBC News, 22.01.15: New Scottish Parliament powers plan published
Scotland: Scottish Government: News, 22.01.15: Smith clauses give Westminster veto in key areas
The Guardian, 22.01.15: Nicola Sturgeon: draft bill ‘waters down’ Smith commission promises
United Kingdom: Parliament: News: 2015: January: Statement on draft Scotland clauses: 22 January 2015
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