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The arguments for and against devolution
There has been a growing popular demand for Conservatives in particular believe it may lead to
more self- government in the national regions. the break-up of the United Kingdom because
demands for independence will be fuelled by
The national regions have different needs to It was agreed that demand for devolution was
England which should be reflected in stronger over-exaggerated, especially in Wales, so it was
regional government. unnecessary.
By conceding devolution the demands for fuller It creates an extra layer of government and will
independence will be headed off, thus increase costs to the taxpayer.
preventing the break-up of the United Kingdom.
It is more democratic because government will In Scotland it was feared that taxes there would
be brought closer to the people. inevitably rise because Scotland is less
prosperous than the United Kingdom as a whole.
It will reduce the workload of the British It will lead to confusion because there is an
Parliament and government. additional layer of bureaucracy.
It recognises the new idea of a `Europe of the Nationalists have argued that devolution does
regions' rather than separate states. not go far enough. British government has
retained all the important powers for itself.
Nationalists also argue they should have a
separate voice in Europe but devolution does
not give them this.
The West Lothian Question