Nicola Sturgeon considers the domestic market law of “frontal assault” on the autonomous government of Scotland of which she is chief minister. Internal market law will allow the UK Treasury to determine directly the funds earmarked for “health, education, culture and sports facilities” in all the nations that make up the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).
Johnson is ready to modify a financing that until now is in the hands of Parliament in Edinburgh. Thus, it opens a channel towards a more centralized tax redistribution. A ploy that, contrary to what the British Prime Minister may claim, weakens national unity. “Independence is the only way to protect the Scottish Parliament from undermining and erosion of its powers & rdquor ;, he warned Sturgeon. And more and more Scots are thinking about that solution.
In Scotland the debate is no longer just about ‘Brexit’. The law of the internal market comes when the Scots are verifying that their government works much more rationally than the British in a situation of extreme gravity. The coronavirus is the most important crisis that the Scottish Home Rule Government has had to face in its 21 years of existence.
The way in which Sturgeon has handled the health emergency and the tone of his daily appearance to report the situation, have earned him respect, even from those who would never vote for the Scottish National Party (SNP). The contrast has been abysmal with Johnson’s inconsistencies, broken promises, improvisation, measures announced before backing down and the justification of the behavior of his main adviser, Dominic Cummings, bypassing the regulations of confinement. Faced with Johnson’s lack of control, Sturgeon has given the impression of being in command.
Rise for independence
Since the beginning of this year, polls show a steady rise in the number of Scots in favor of independence. 53% in the latest YouGov poll, published last month. According to Professor John Curtice, the analyst and professor at the University of Strathclyde, “there is a huge difference” in the public’s perception of how the Scottish and UK governments have handled it (the coronavirus crisis). He 70-75% think Nicola Sturgeon is doing great and with Johnson almost the opposite is true. Most importantly, it is not the only belief that voters voted for independence in the 2014 referendum.
The new London regulations also affect Wales. His chief minister, Labor Mark Drakeford, has condemned Johnson for failing to seek avenues for an agreement with the European Union and instead seizing the occasion to, “break and plunder the agreement for the return of powers Drakeford believes that this maneuver “is going to put a great strain on the unity of the United Kingdom”.