The Smith Commission: Draft Scotland Clauses

The UK Government published draft legislation on 22 January 2015 which aims to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission for further devolution to Scotland

23rd January 2015

The UK Government published draft legislation on 22 January 2015 which aims to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission for further devolution to Scotland. The Smith Commission was established by the UK Government on 19 September 2014 following the ‘no’ vote in Scotland’s independence referendum and published its recommendations on 27 November 2014.

While the legislation contains some key aspects of the devolution proposals, other areas will require further detailed negotiations to take place between the Scottish and UK Governments and have not been included in the legislation.

Our Constitutional Reform and EU Group has prepared commentary and analysis which you can download here.