Who should vote on English-only laws?


As the fallout from the Scotland Bill begins, this is a useful article from Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, saying that depsite convention, should there be a vote to reduce NHS funding in England, Scottish MPs would vote to stop it. The reason she gives is that any reduction to the English NHS would directly effect the Scottish NHS as well as potentially affecting the amount of money Scotland receives due to the controversial Barnett formula.

This is a particularly good example for essays discussing the problem with conventions in the UK, as well as the problems caused by Scottish devolution for the Westminster Parliament. It is equally interesting as by allowing Scottish MPs to vote in this manner it, bizarrely, underpins the sovereignty of the UK Parliament as it reinforces the primacy of Westminster law over the UK, therefore suggesting that Parliament is still politically sovereign as well as legally sovereign.