Scotland Bill

Last week in Parliament I was pleased to vote for the Scotland Bill, which passed unanimously.

This Bill will allow the Scottish Government to raise £5 to £6 billion of Scotland’s budget. Scottish ministers will also be able to borrow around £2.7 billion, which can be used to fund projects to boost Scotland’s economic recovery.

I believe the Bill is a step in the right direction, even if, regrettably, Westminster rejected requests for the devolution of corporation tax, the Crown Estate, broadcasting, excise duties and a formal role in EU meetings.  Instead, we gain control over drink drive laws, speed limits and air weapons – valuable, but not quite the same.

Only with Independence and full economic powers can we fulfil the potential and aspirations of our people.

The above was originally written for Bill’s Dunfermline Press column. This version may vary slightly.

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