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Scottish Government memo reveals draft laws were changed to secure Queen’s approval

June 27, 2022 5:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the Scottish Government memo obtained by the Guardian which reveals that "it is almost certain" draft laws were secretly changed to secure the Queen's approval, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"These documents suggest that there has been meddling in the process even before government legislation was first shown to parliament.

"It appears as if, with the willing compliance of Scottish ministers, the Crown has maintained a back channel to sneak amendments into legislation in such a way as to leave no way for the public or their parliamentary representatives to ever know that changes had been requested or made.

"This is an astonishing overturning of the widely held principle that the monarch does not legislate for their own benefit.

"I will be writing to the Presiding Officer and the First Minister to request an urgent statement on these revelations."