Dewar rejects proposal to let Scotslead European negotiations


31 March 1998


Dewar rejects proposal to let Scots
lead European negotiations


SCOTTISH ministers will not have the right to lead UK negotiations over agriculture and other key policy areas after devolution, Donald Dewar, Scottish secretary, said.

Jim Wallace, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, warned Scotlands
interests could be overridden by England if there were conflicts between the two
Parliaments.

Dewar rejected amendments to the Scotland Bill tabled by the Liberal
Democrats in the Commons which would have given Scottish ministers the right to
lead UK negotiations in Europe in key situations. He claimed the Scottish
National Farmers Union supported his position.

  • The Scotsman 31/03/98 page 2

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