Devolution

The SNP should consider backing a federal UK

BY Allan Massie   /  14 January 2020

Lord Salisbury, writing for Reaction last week, is right. Brexit poses serious questions for Scotland. Unlike the Prime Minister, we find it difficult to be pro-cake and pro-eating.

I hesitate, however, to speak for my fellow Scots. I’ve disagreed with the majority of them for a long time. I argued in countless newspaper columns against devolution. I feared like my old friend Tam Dalyell that it would put us on what he called “a motorway to Independence with no exits.” We lost that argument. The Scottish parliament is firmly established. The Scotland Act, which brought it into being, is not going to be repealed.


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