UK PM faces Tory revolt over vow for Scotland powers

Cameron held a meeting on Monday with a group of discontent Tory lawmakers who are worried that the devolution of powers promised for Scotland could disadvantage the rest of the UK.

SHAFAQNA- UK, Sep 23, British Prime Minister David Cameron faces a rebellion in his Conservative party over a pledge to grant extensive powers for Scotland in the wake of its decision to remain under the authority of the United Kingdom.

According to Presstv, a number of Tory MPs argue that the vow is too generous and that it fails to address English rights.

In addition, the Tory lawmakers question whether Scotland should continue to receive more funding per resident than the rest of Britain if the territory is granted extensive powers.

The discontent Conservatives are also calling for an end to the right of non-English MPs to vote on “English matters”, saying they want “English votes for English rights.” The move, which would require a major constitutional change, would restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs in the House of Commons.

Just two days before the September 18 vote, Cameron, Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, as well as Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband vowed that Scotland would receive extensive powers, including the tax-raising authority, if voters decide to stay within the UK.

However, following the referendum, Cameron said that the constitutional reforms, including those promised for Scotland, would not be delivered until after the general election, and that Scottish measures would proceed in tandem with changes in England.

In response, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond accused Westminster of tricking voters into “believing there would be an immediate offer of extra powers,” and added “I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last few days of the campaign and I think everyone in Scotland now realizes that.”

On September 18, Scottish voters cast their ballots in the independence referendum, which resulted in a 55-45 percent vote against breaking away from the UK.


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