CAMERON MOVES ON DEVOLUTION PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 March 2015 10:45

LONDON - U.K Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday proposed  legislation to give Scotland new powers, moving  forward with a pledge made to Scots ahead of last year's independence referendum.

The proposed legislation would give the Scottish Parliament the ability to raise the majority of its revenue, including increased powers over income tax. It would also give Scotland more control over welfare spending.

The proposals, which have cross-party support, wouldn't come into effect until after the U.K general election in May.

Mr. Cameron and the leaders of Britain's other main political parties promised to hand Scotland more power in an effort to woo citizens to vote to stay in the U.K in the referendum. Scots rejected independence by 55% to 45% in September.

“The Scottish Parliament will have more control of its tax and spending  making it one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world,” said Mr. Cameron, speaking in Edinburgh.

But the Scottish National Party, which spearheaded Scotland's independence campaign, accused the Prime Minister of not going far enough. The party said that aspects of the legislation appeared to be watered down from what was originally promised and the too many of the proposals impose restrictions on the powers given to Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, said the proposals for devolution of unemployment benefits fall short of what was promised.

The SNP, once a fringe party in Scotland politics, has seen a surge in support since Scotland lost its bid to become independent, with membership more than SNP's gain is coming at the expense of support for the U.K's opposition Labour Party.

The Scottish parliament was reestablished after a near 300-year hiatus in 1999. But the fact that Scotland's spending powers aren't matched by the ability to raise its own revenue has long rankled Scottish lawmakers favoring autonomy.

 

Culled from the Wall Street Journal

 

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