Glen Ruffle: Repeal Bill Amendments from the UK’s devolved administrations

An amendment tabled by Plaid Cymru, Green, and SNP MPs calls for repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act to only be legal with the consent of the devolved legislatures.

It is highly notable that not a single Labour MP supported this motion! The very party that so undermined the UK by setting up additional layers of governance, weakening national identity, and aiding EU interference in the governance of our nation via the creation of pointless additional layers of governance, could not muster a single MP to support this amendment!

There are numerous problems with this amendment.

Firstly, it is bad management. We all know that too many cooks spoil the broth – and allowing petty regional managers the power to disrupt an issue of crucial national importance just so they can promote niche interests is poor practice.

Too many of these regional interests will seek to take the opportunity to grandstand and grab their moment in the limelight instead of caring for the interests of the entire country. Britain cannot be allowed to be held hostage by a few crazy nationalists: the ‘West Lothian question’, in which they already have too much influence on the majority, has to be kept in mind.

Secondly, allowing these devolved administrations this power would play into the EU's hands. The EU encouraged subsidiarity and has built links with regional governance entities, where it can influence policy and subvert the national parliament by offering funding, stirring up regional trouble.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have received large amounts from the EU, and have used EU forums to exercise independence from London. The EU has cultivated ‘fifth columns’ inside Britain, and the devolved bodies have shopped between Whitehall and Brussels for the best policy avenues. Now the various options open to them are decreasing, they are scrambling to try and show that they matter and have a voice. Problems arising in Cardiff or Edinburgh weaken London, and in so doing, strengthen Brussels. It is clear that the nationalist parties in the UK are seeking the interests of Brussels, not Britain.

This leads to the third point, that in the UK, power flows from Her Majesty's authority. It flows from that source outward to other departments and administrations. Those administrations do not exist because they were appointed in an election, but because the executive appointed them to exist.

The individual politicians, temporarily in place, should not abuse their momentary power, deluding themselves with the idea that they are permanent fixtures. The Crown is permanent; the Crown gives – and can take away. It is fear of the reality that they are dependent on the economic restrictions – designed for the benefit of our nation and not for pontificating politicians – that is in truth driving their angst.

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