Johnson recognises power for government to support industry is a key advantage of leaving EU – but plans to deny it to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson is planning a ‘power grab’ to deprive the UK’s devolved governments of a key economic power.
Johnson has acknowledged that the power for governments to decide whether and how to directly support industry and manufacturing is a key economic tool – but the Tories intend to force legislation through to deprive the government’s of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland of exactly that power, according to the Financial Times.
Johnson said that the ability to subsidise key industries is one of the ‘benefits which will directly result from leaving the EU’ – yet in what lawyers have said is an acknowledgement that the Tories have no legal right to make this power-grab, he intends to make state aid a ‘reserved power’ that the UK government alone can exercise.
Unite’s Howard Beckett continued a long streak of being on the right side of issues by drawing attention to Johnson’s manoeuvre and condemning the move as ‘the Tories holding the nations back’.
It seems independence from the control of an organisation you didn’t elect is fine for the Tories when it’s them exercising the power and the UK’s smaller nations having to bend over and take it.
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