The Withdrawal Bill and the impending constitutional crisis

16 November 2017

In this Policy Briefing, Ian Blackford, Leader of the Westminster Parliamentary Group of the Scottish National Party (SNP), presented his party’s position on the Withdrawal Bill and on the Brexit negotiations in general, now that the Withdrawal Bill has reached the committee stage in the House of Commons. Blackford shared his thoughts on the UK government’s approach, and lamented the latter’s lack of attention to the devolved administrations and its failure to show leadership in the negotiations with the EU. He also explained the SNP’s position, saying the party wants to keep the UK within the single market and the customs union, and a transition period of three years beginning in 2019. On Northern Ireland, Blackford argued in favour of a special deal and against the creation of a new border.