From the Scottish Government news website on 20th May:
Constitution Secretary Michael Russell has called for the Scottish Government and Parliament to be given a formal role in future UK trade deals. Responding to the Second Reading of the UK Trade Bill in the House of Commons today, he said the draft legislation did nothing to protect Scotland’s interests.
Mr Russell said:
“It is to Scotland’s detriment that this Bill is required at all. We would be economically stronger as members of the European Union, benefiting from its worldwide trade deals.
“Instead the UK must try to replace those agreements but, in its current form, the UK Trade Bill provides an unstable foundation on which to do so.
“It is disappointingly limited in scope. It says nothing about future free trade agreements or maintaining standards in areas like food and the environment. There is no reference to Parliamentary scrutiny and it fails to establish a formal way of ensuring the interests of the devolved administrations are properly taken into account.“
There’s no sign of the Scottish media covering this in recent weeks though on the need for the bill to protect the NHS, the Herald did, the Worthing Herald that is:
Wait, I’ve found one. It’s that token good journalist at the Herald again, Ian McConnell:
Wait, no, not that much, specifically, about Scotland’s interests?