Nicola Sturgeon refuses to pay the Queen! Go on Nicola!

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Nicola meeting the Queen last year

Nicola meeting the Queen last year

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Well done Nicola Sturgeon!! Scotland will no more pay for the Royal Family. She and the SNP will be called all sorts but as I said many times now ‘The SNP have stuff up their sleeves’ And what is about to happen is we will see Scotland distance it’self from the British Establishment. The ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ and the ‘Vow’ are 2 legally binding documents. I asked here if Scotland should go ahead and put the ‘Edinburgh Agreement into place’ It looks like the SNP have! This is great news and a HUGE step forward in freeing Scotland from a Union that don’t like us at Political level. Well done the SNP, well done Nicola, you just proved you have the balls to take on the ‘Elite’ and London! Below is how the Main Steam Media are seeing this. But I think I speak for Scotland when I say “YES! ABOUT TIME” 

The SNP is planning to reap the financial benefits of the new deal – while refusing to hand across the money to fund the Monarchy. With the first formal meeting between new First Minister Ms Sturgeon and the Queen just three days away, the move threatens to provoke a major rift between the Scottish Government and the Royal Family.  Ms Sturgeon’s calculated snub will also strain the fraught relationship between the governments in London and Edinburgh.

This woman means business! Make no mistake, she WILL free Scotland

This woman means business! Make no mistake, she WILL free Scotland

Labour said the First Minister’s refusal to pay Scotland’s share for the Royal Family showed the SNP’s ‘narrow’ view of the world, while the Tories accused the nationalists of deliberately trying to ‘undermine’ Scotland’s strong links with the Monarchy. Ms Sturgeon has a history as a strong anti-Royalist, having boycotted a visit by the Queen to the Scottish Parliament in 2003 and also deliberately making her oath of allegiance in the Scottish Parliament to the sovereignty of the people, not the Monarch, when she was elected in 1999. After the SNP lost the referendum on independence in September, David Cameron asked Lord Smith of Kelvin to draw up a list – with cross-party approval – of powers that should be devolved from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament.

When the Smith Commission’s report was published last month, it transferred control to the Scottish Parliament of all the Scottish assets of the Crown Estate. This means the Scottish Government will take control of the property and land in Scotland previously owned on behalf of the British state, as well as control of Scotland’s coastline, including mineral and fishing rights and the revenue from offshore wind farms. However, the move also directly affects the Queen’s income, because the Crown Estate plays a vital role in funding the Royal Family.

NO THANKS...Let Westminster keep you, Scotland ain't

NO THANKS…Let Westminster keep you, Scotland ain’t

When the Smith Commission’s report was published last month, it transferred control to the Scottish Parliament of all the Scottish assets of the Crown Estate. This means the Scottish Government will take control of the property and land in Scotland previously owned on behalf of the British state, as well as control of Scotland’s coastline, including mineral and fishing rights and the revenue from offshore wind farms. However, the move also directly affects the Queen’s income, because the Crown Estate plays a vital role in funding the Royal Family.

As a result, the profits of the residual Crown Estate in England and Wales will shrink – as will the 15 per cent share given to the Queen. When the profits from the Crown Estate’s assets in Scotland are taken away, the residual Crown Estate will lose £14 million a year – and the Queen will lose about £2.1 million annually. Instead of going to the Treasury, the cash from Scotland will go straight into Scottish Government coffers. Crucially Lord Smith’s report made it clear that a new deal would have to be put in place to ensure the Queen’s existing funding remained in place.

He stated: ‘Responsibility for financing the sovereign grant will need to reflect this revised settlement for the Crown Estate.’  However, Ms Sturgeon has apparently decided that she will not be sending any Scottish Crown Estate money south to make up the shortfall – and expects the Treasury to pick up the tab from general taxation. A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said: ‘The level of funding the Queen receives from the Treasury under the sovereign grant is set by reference to 15 per cent of the Crown Estate’s profits and does not come from Crown Estate profits themselves.

‘With 71 per cent of taxes paid in Scotland continuing to be controlled by the Treasury, Scotland will continue to make the same contribution to the Monarchy through general taxes.’
Publicly, UK Government Ministers would only say yesterday that they expected the Crown Estate in Scotland to continue to play some part in funding the Royal Family. A spokesman for the Scotland Office said: ‘Officials from the Treasury and Crown Estate will work with the Palace to determine exactly how funding will work in the new Scottish Crown Estate.’
But privately, it is understood that senior Ministers in Downing Street and the Treasury are very unhappy with Ms Sturgeon’s approach.
They believe that Ms Sturgeon’s dogmatic and unilateral approach has undermined much of the trust built up through the Smith Commission process.
A spokesman for the Scottish Labour Party said: ‘The fact the SNP are saying they’ll make no contribution from their future Crown Estate income illustrates their narrow view of the world.
‘It should make for an interesting conversation when Nicola Sturgeon has her first audience with the Queen next week.’
Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw added: ‘Despite all their assurances about the future of the Monarchy in Scotland, it seems SNP Ministers intend to grab all the income from the Crown Estates at the first opportunity.’
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: ‘Implementation of the Smith Commission’s findings, including those related to Crown Estate assets in Scotland, are a matter for the two governments and parliaments.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2863796/Outrage-Scots-rob-Queen-2-1-million-vow-hold-rights-Crown-Estates-including-Tobermory-Waterfront-shore-windfarms.html

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/12/sturgeon-shows-how-she-means-to-go-on-by-picking-a-fight-with-the-queen/

http://www.spectator.co.uk/columnists/politics/9376072/meet-the-new-queen-of-scotland-nicola-sturgeons-unstoppable-rise/

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  2. what a load of bollocks there has just been a referendum and it may have been a slim one but the majority voted to stay in the union,so drop those bloody stupid independence crap ideas and lets get back to bieng one nation,united we stand diveded we fall will always be my mantra

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    • I believe this was an SNP decision and not the 45% BM Child..
      I am one of a million and more who will FIGHT till we are free.. YOU are the minority my friend..
      Don’t come back at me with anger, I don’t debate hate mate…
      Come back as an adult, we talk..

      Deal?

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      • Alan. There is a date set for the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ that no voters want to happen also.
        There is no anger in the Yes campaign. Remember the night of the 19th?

        A peaceful movement is still happening that will free Scotland for home rule.
        Scotland will enact the ‘Vow’ on the day.

        We don’t need these vulgar loyalists scumbags right?

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