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Mundell ‘will reject’ DUP deal that hurts Scotland

David Mundell
David Mundell: clear rules (photo by Terry Murden)

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said he will not support a deal with the DUP that undermines funding for Scotland.

Mr Mundell said in an interview that he would not “support funding which is deliberately sought to subvert the Barnett rules.

“We have clear rules about funding of different parts of the UK, those rules will need to apply. And if the funding falls within Barnett consequentials then it should come to Scotland.”

The SNP immediately said it would “hold Mr Mundell to account” over his pledge to maintain Scottish funding in the event of more financial support being offered to the DUP outwith the Barnett Formula.

Kirsty Blackman, the SNP’s deputy Westminster leader, warned that the promise will be the first test for Scottish Tory MPs on their response to the the talks between Downing Street and the Northern Ireland unionist party.

Ms Blackman said: “David Mundell has made it crystal clear that he will not support a deal between a weakened Tory government and the DUP which would see money going to Northern Ireland while Scotland loses out. He will be held to account on his promise – not just by the SNP but by the people of Scotland. 

“Theresa May cannot expect to get away with back door deals with the DUP which deprive Scotland of the funding we are entitled to just to prop up her failing government. 

“Any deal that would jeopardise the Barnett formula and funding for different parts of the UK will not be accepted and SNP MPs will hold David Mundell to his promise to oppose any such deal.”

> The SNP’s Europe spokesperson has criticised Theresa May’s plan to scrap the Queen’s Speech next year as a “smokescreen for failures of a government avoiding scrutiny at every turn.”

The SNP MP for North East Fife Stephen Gethins warned that any attempt to bypass parliament and public scrutiny over the Tory government’s hard right Brexit plans would be an “outrage and utterly unsustainable.”

The criticism comes as Theresa May announced that next year’s Queen’s Speech would be scrapped in order to push ahead with the UK government’s plans for leaving the EU – with Brexit negotiations set to begin tomorrow.

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