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Monday, July 03, 2006

Scottish Parliament to legislate in England

According to today's Telegraph, the Scottish Executive is about to give itself the power to fine English people in England if they fish on the River Tweed or its tributaries when they say they can't - even a tributary running through Northumberland that doesn't cross the border at any point.

The Executive already has the power to amend angling times and to enforce the rules but they need the permission of the British government first as the Tweed is partly in England and the Till is entirely in Northumberland. The amendment that is about to be nodded through removes the requirement for the British government to approve the changes meaning the Scottish Executive can legislate in England and fine English people for breaking a Scottish law in England.