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Nikki da Costa Mar 3
I find this move by MPs, some who I respect very much, very difficult because it ignores entirely the crown dependencies (CDs) long-standing autonomy, and the principle the UK does not legislate without their consent. 1/
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Nikki da Costa Mar 3
Replying to @nmdacosta
The relationship of the CDs with the UK is not well understood. The Justice Select Committee looked at this and I've shared some extracts. With the full report here: …. First, they do not, and have never had, representation in the UK. This explains why:
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Nikki da Costa
The Cttee recognised that there was widespread lack of understanding of the CDs' relationship with the UK, and they advised more should be done to communicate this. MPs should be aware they are proposing a fundamental change to the relationship, without consent or consultation
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Nikki da Costa Mar 3
Replying to @nmdacosta
MPs will no doubt argue the end justifies any means and they are adamant their policy solution is the right one. But where is the protection for the CDs when the next issue comes along. In minority govt, backbenchers have much power but it needs to be exercised responsibly
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Nikki da Costa Mar 3
Replying to @nmdacosta
And to question on what basis they intervene. I do find it strange that SNP MPs who ardently fight any encroachment on the devolution settlement and protective of legislative consent motions, are willing to support this.
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Nikki da Costa Mar 3
Replying to @nmdacosta
Similarly Leave MPs who want the laws that govern the UK to be made in the UK by democratically elected representatives. It is an emotive subject, but in seeking to take pwrs that don't belong to Westminster, will MPs do more damage than good in terms of the obj they seek? END
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