To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the exercise of Scottish self-determination expressed in the Claim of Right 1989 is contingent on the consent of the UK Government.
19 March 2020
The Prime Minister wrote to the First Minister of Scotland on 14 January 2020 to confirm he cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power from the UK Parliament to the Scottish Parliament that would lead to further independence referendums. The letter, which is published on gov.uk, sets out that the Prime Minister carefully considered and noted the arguments for such a transfer of power and makes clear that the UK Government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people who voted decisively in 2014 to remain part of the United Kingdom. The UK Parliament has demonstrated its endorsement of the principles of the Claim of Right 1989 by legislating for the existence of the new Scottish Parliament and with significant deepening of devolution since then.