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English Votes for English Laws

3rd Feb, 15

Devolution means that many parliamentary powers and decision making have been devolved to the Scottish Parliament and devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.   English MPs do NOT have the same devolved powers to control English only issues.

After the Scotland "NO" vote in the Scottish Referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron said "We have heard the voice of Scotland - and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard.  The question of English votes for English laws - the so-called West Lothian question - requires a decisive answer.  So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues and all this must take place in tandem with, and at the same pace as, the settlement for Scotland."

However, the recently announced Tory plans for English MP Vetoes fall way short of this.

UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP the says the new plans would create chaos.  Paul Nuttall slams proposals for English MPs to be given vetoes saying it panders to the culture of back room stitch-ups.  "These plans do not properly address the vital issues at stake in this country and still give Scottish MPs too much power south of the border.  We cannot have the tail wagging the dog.  It would create chaos where one group of MPs were being pitted against another. It would be cleaner and fairer for English only issues to be voted on by MPs in English constituencies." 

"It is likely that after the General Election there will be more SNP members of parliament sitting in Westminster whose concern will be Scotland and not what is best for England. In that situation these plans would add layers of process and confusion to legislating and lead to back room deals being made far away from the voters eyes." 

"Why are the Tories are climbing down for English only votes?  Is there already a back room stitch-up?  This only talks about tax.  What about health, transport, education and other massive devolved issues?  Cameron has spoken of English votes for English laws but these proposals will fail to deliver anything but chaos," said Mr Nuttall, North West MEP."

Tory MPs are also at odds over English votes for English laws.  It is not just UKIP who are unhappy at the Government's proposals.