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Westminster politicians welcome ‘revolutionary’ proposals

Peter Luff MP stated that it is “outrageous” that non-English parliamentarians can change our laws. He said: “English MPs should vote on English laws, the idea that, say, the Scots can impose legislation we don’t want is outrageous.

 
Peter Luff MP

 

ENGLISH MPs will be given powers to “veto” Westminster laws which do not relate to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland in the biggest House of Commons shake-up of all time.

 

Under the proposal, English MPs can reject legislation on major issues like the NHS, education and transport, even if it has been passed by a majority of politicians in the commons. The move will effectively stop Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs from having power over new laws which relate to England only.

 

It has partly been inspired by West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin, who has been lobbying ministers for three years for the change and launched a private member’s bill over it.

 

Worcester MP Robin Walker said: “It makes a lot of sense, and credit to Harriett, as she has been raising this issue again and again.  “We all saw with tuition fees how Scottish MPs were standing up saying ‘we don’t approve of what you are doing’ even though it didn’t affect their constituencies anyway.

 

It’s a big step forward and, in my view, is a better approach than saying we need an all-English parliament because I don’t think we are suited to a federal system.”

Other MPs went further, with Mid-Worcestershire’s Peter Luff saying it is “outrageous” that non-English parliamentarians can change our laws. He said: “English MPs should vote on English laws, the idea that, say, the Scots can impose legislation we don’t want is outrageous. I would prefer a neater solution, with a fully federal system of English MPs but, in principle, this is a very good idea. It has always been very wrong that other MPs can affect our laws in this way.”

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