Thursday 4 July 2002

Will Scotland say "no" to Identity Cards?

According to the Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland may reject ID cards, or at least some of their functions:
It added that if the card related to reserved matters such as immigration, national security or social security, it would apply right across the UK.

But if the scheme was to cover devolved policy areas, such as health or transport, Scotland would make its own decision.

The potential for friction between Westminster and Holyrood is immense and could give anti-ID card parties a useful advantage at the coming Holyrood elections. Serves Labour right.