Baroness Jenny Randerson has called on the Government to respect the authority of the UK devolved government in the Brexit negotiations. Baroness Randerson has also called on the UK Government to use the repatriation of powers from the European Union to establish a new federal state of equals.
Speaking in the House of Lords, Baroness Randerson said;
“I acknowledge that the Government are grappling with a very complex picture.
“Scotland voted to remain but has a Government who wished to remain. Wales voted to leave, but has a Government who wished to remain. Northern Ireland voted to remain, but has a pro-Brexit First Minister and faces elections this week. England voted to leave and that vote has dominated and outweighed the size of the votes in all the other nations.
“The UK Government’s determination to take a strict and harsh interpretation of the Brexit vote has made that more obviously difficult for the other nations to accept.
Baroness Randerson also said that;
“It is important to remember that these are not advisory bodies, but Governments with real power.
“A sensitive and sensible Government will recognise formally the role of the devolved Administrations and ensure that they are fully consulted.
“A very sensible Government would use the repatriation of powers from the European Union to establish a new federal state of equals, and a new UK could emerge out of this division and turmoil.”