Michael Keating's blog
The Sewel Convention has historically worked well, says Michael Keating, but Brexit will put it to the test.
A fraught point in the handling of the EU Withdrawal Bill has been the way in which it deals with those competences that are currently both devolved and Europeanized. The UK and devolved governments were initially far apart on this. They have gradually converged in their positions but latest changes are still not enough for the Scottish Government.
Much of the Brexit-related talk has focused on the size of the money pie but, says Michael Keating, determining how it will be cut is just as important.
After Brexit, money currently spent on EU agriculture and structural funds will revert to the UK. These are the largest items in the EU budget so that the sums are important. The question has arisen as to how they will be distributed across the UK. Currently, the devolved governments do rather well in these fields.