7.9 C
London
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
HomeUK Govt Blocks Controversial Scottish Gender Reform Bill
Array

UK Govt Blocks Controversial Scottish Gender Reform Bill

Date:

Related stories

Kazakhstan Targets Fintech to Boost Revenue and Curb Tax Evasion

After Kurmet, a hairdresser in Kazakhstan’s business capital, Almaty, finished a cut earlier this month, the customer reached for his phone to pay. This has been a standard scene for years. Kazakhs young and old have embraced banking apps with a passio...

What Happens When The VIX Spikes, But Traders Aren’t “Actually” Worried?

What Happens When The VIX Spikes, But Traders Aren't "Actually" Worried? SpotGamma invites readers to please join them tonight at 8pm EST for a free webinar on the VIX and the coming March option expiration, to learn how the fear gauge ac...

The CIA Was Preparing Ukraine to Fight Russia for the Last Ten Years

A bombshell report released by the New York Times revealed that the United States and its CIA have created twelve secret state-of-the-art spy centers in Ukraine The post The CIA Was Preparing Ukraine to Fight Russia for the Last Ten Years first appeare...

“I’m Done With Google”: Wholesale Loss Of Trust After “Unbelievably Irresponsible” Racist AI Goes Mask-Off

"I'm Done With Google": Wholesale Loss Of Trust After "Unbelievably Irresponsible" Racist AI Goes Mask-Off The fact that Google's Gemini AI is a complete woke mess comes as no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention. Between Goog...

“Absurdly Woke” Gemini AI Causes $90 Billion Google Stock Selloff

Google parent company Alphabet lost $90 billion in market valuation after its Gemini AI chatbot and image generator defended pedophilia and Adolph Hitler. The post “Absurdly Woke” Gemini AI Causes $90 Billion Google Stock Selloff first appeared on Valu...
UK Govt Blocks Controversial Scottish Gender Reform Bill

Authored by Thomas Brooke via Remix News,

The U.K. government has announced it will use a constitutional mechanism for the first time to block controversial gender reform legislation passed by the Scottish government to make it easier for people to change their gender.

The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill was approved by 86 votes to 39 in Holyrood shortly before Christmas. If enacted, it would have removed the requirement for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria from a doctor in order to apply for a gender recognition certificate (GRC).

It would also have reduced the time an applicant must live in their preferred gender from two years to just three months, and perhaps most controversially, would have lowered the minimum age a person can apply for a GRC from 18 to 16.

On Monday, the U.K. government’s Scottish Secretary Alister Jack announced he would invoke a clause in the legislation that handed the Scottish government devolved powers from Westminster to block the bill from becoming law.

“I have decided to make an order under section 35 of the Scotland Act 1998, preventing the Scottish Parliament’s Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill from proceeding to Royal Assent,” Jack wrote in a statement.

“After thorough and careful consideration of all the relevant advice and the policy implications, I am concerned that this legislation would have an adverse impact on the operation of Great Britain-wide equalities legislation.

“Transgender people who are going through the process to change their legal sex deserve our respect, support, and understanding. My decision today is about the legislation’s consequences for the operation of GB-wide equalities protections and other reserved matters.

“I have not taken this decision lightly. If the Scottish Government chooses to bring an amended bill back for reconsideration in the Scottish Parliament, I hope we can work together to find a constructive way forward that both respects devolution and the operation of UK Parliament legislation,” Jack added.

The decision has sparked outrage among the government in Scotland, run by Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), which has long advocated Scottish independence from Westminster.

In response, Sturgeon called the move a “full-frontal attack on our democratically elected Scottish Parliament and its ability to make its own decisions on devolved matters.”

She vowed to “defend the legislation and stand up for Scotland’s parliament,” warning that if the U.K. government was successful in vetoing the bill, “it will be the first of many.”

Progressives in Holyrood passed the bill despite polling results published last month showing as many as two-thirds of Scots aged 16 and over oppose the plans. In particular, 66 percent opposed reducing the minimum age required to apply for a GRC from 18 to 16 years old.

Tyler Durden Tue, 01/17/2023 - 08:50

Subscribe

- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here