Jacob Rees-Mogg takes brutal swipe at the SNP’s ‘independence movement’


Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg has compared the SNP to Oliver Twist in his latest dig against the party’s calls for Scottish independence.

Mr Rees-Mogg said Nicola Sturgeon’s party was “modelling themselves on Oliver Twist”.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Rees-Mogg took issue at comments by the SNP’s Tommy Sheppard that devolved administration would never back the government’s internal market bill, which is seen as taking away powers from Edinburgh and Cardiff.


SNP’s Tommy Sheppard said: “It is now clear that the devolved administrations will not give consent to this ridiculous piece of legislation.

“I want to know if we find the time to debate the consequences for the devolution settlement of that being the case, and of the UK choosing to ignore the devolved administrations and stream roll the legislation through anyway?”

Mr Rees-Mogg hit back, describing the bill as “one of the best pieces of legislation passed through this House”.

He said: “It is a fantastic bill, it is one of the best pieces of legislation passed through this House in recent times.

“It also devolves I believe almost 70 powers to the devolved administration so they are modelling themselves on Oliver Twist, Mr Deputy Speaker.

“They are always asking for more, and I’m afraid they can’t have more on this occasion.”

Mr Rees-Mogg said the bill would in fact give “a great deal of devolution” to Holyrood and the Senedd while keeping the internal market “functioning”.

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