Smith Commission Agreement

The Commission invited individuals and organizations to submit contributions by the deadline of 31 October. [9] Approximately 14,000 emails and letters were received from the public, and another 250 contributions from groups. [9] In October 2014, the House of Commons heard evidence criticizing the Smith Commission`s timeline. Professor Michael Keating said he found the reduced timeline that required a bill until January 2015 unrealistic. He warned of the risk that the agreement would collapse because there was not enough time to discuss technical issues. Both Professor Keating and Professor Nicola McEwen said this was due to political pressure, with union leaders committing to grant additional powers and a general election in the UK, scheduled for 7 May 2015. [18] The Smith Commission was announced on 19 September 2014 by Prime Minister David Cameron following the “no” vote in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. The creation of the Commission was part of the process of fulfilling the wishes that the leaders of the three main unionist parties had made during the last days of the referendum campaign. The vow promised the transfer of additional powers from the British Parliament to the Scottish Parliament in case of no. In addition to the provisions that require legislation promoted by Scottish law, the Smith Commission`s agreement identified a number of areas that should be further examined between the UK and Scottish governments. Since the Smith Commission, the British and Scottish Governments have had discussions on these issues. The attached table contains information on the work carried out in these areas. The Commission also considered giving the power to vary all elements of Universal Credit (not just its residential element), but this was not apparent in the Commission`s final recommendations.

[17] The SNP won 56 of the 59 contested seats in Scotland in the 2015 UK general election on 7Th May 2015. After the election, Premier Nicola Sturgeon called for more important reforms than Smith`s proposed, including tax and welfare reforms. [23] Former Prime Minister Jack McConnell described Smith as a “pile of debris” and called on Cameron to preside over a new constitutional convention. [24] Malcolm Rifkind, former Secretary of State for Scotland, also expressed support for the idea of some sort of new Commission. [25] In response, Mr. Cameron said he would “look into” all proposals for additional powers for Scotland, but wanted to implement the Smith Commission`s plans first. [26] On November 27, 2014, the Commission published its recommendations, which included:[3][4] The agreement also mentioned a number of areas where non-legislative measures were needed. Discussions are ongoing on the agreement on a new financial framework for Scotland and on work to strengthen intergovernmental work. The attached table contains an update of other such areas, including the Agreement of Memoranda of Understanding concerning the BBC and the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency. The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats, all of whom had supported the “no” vote in the referendum, each put forward proposals similar to the results of the committees they had set up before the referendum. [10] The SNP and the Scottish Greens, who had supported the “yes”, demanded what BBC News called “devo max”. [10] On 27 November 2014, the Smith Commission published its agreement on the transfer of additional powers to the Scottish Parliament.

The Smith Commission`s agreement was the first time that Scotland`s five major political parties had come together to agree on Scotland`s constitutional future and was a historic achievement. . . .