The UK Government is to set out its views on the future of devolution amid growing concerns over an agricultural ‘power grab’.
De-facto Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington, who replaced Damian Green after he stepped down at the end of last year, is to give a keynote speech in the next fortnight which will address the consequences of Brexit for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Four other ministers, including the Prime Minister, will also be giving speeches over the next two weeks to outline the ‘Road to Brexit’.
Mr Lidington’s intervention comes as anger over a ‘power grab’ clause in the EU Withdrawal Bill continued to intensify.
In January, Scottish Brexit Secretary Michael Russell vented his fury after the UK Government refused to amend the controversial clause in the House of Commons, waiting instead for it to reach the House of Lords.
And last week, the Scottish Parliament’s Europe and External Affairs Committee wrote to Brexit Secretary David Davis for the sixth time to ask him to give evidence on Scotland’s future relationship with the EU.
Convener of the committee Joan McAlpine MSP wrote: “My committee has conducted considerable inquiry work into the implications of Brexit for Scotland since the EU referendum in June 2016.
“We believe it is appropriate for a Committee of the Scottish Parliament to have the opportunity to question you, as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, on the future relationship you intend to seek with the EU as this is an issue of such importance to Scotland.
“I have written to you previously on 19 July 2016, 2 December 2016, 27 January 2017, 20 September 2017 and 7 December 2017 inviting you to give evidence to us, and I would be grateful if you would reply to us on this occasion.
“I was told by the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt Hon David Mundell MP that you would come to our committee.”