British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has assured his government will review Scotland’s new transgender law, saying it is “perfectly reasonable” and he can block the law.
“Many people are concerned about this new law in Scotland, about the impact it will have on the safety of women and children,” Sunak said. “So I think it’s perfectly reasonable for the UK Government to look at this, understand what the implications are for the safety of women and children in the rest of the UK and then decide what the appropriate course of action is. “
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has passed new gender recognition legislation that would allow residents aged 16 to change their legal gender by changing after three months – or three months for 16 and 17 year olds – rather than after two years to sign a declaration.
Critics say the bill will challenge same-sex spaces and create problems for women and girls, according to FRANCE 24, but the Scottish Government insists the bill does not conflict with UK Equality Act, which excludes transgender people from certain enables same-sex spaces.
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Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the current system as “intrusive, traumatic and dehumanizing”.
The Telegraph noted that under Section 35 of the Scotland Act 1998, Westminster can ban Scottish laws if they feel they are having an “adverse effect” on laws that are otherwise within the jurisdiction of the UK Parliament.
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Sturgeon signed the law into law on Thursday, and Sunak made his comments on Friday. Experts fear the move could exacerbate already high tensions between the Scottish Government and the UK Parliament.
Parliament even refused to hold a second independence referendum for Scotland, which tried and failed to gain independence in 2015.
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Scottish Social Justice Minister Shona Robinson responded to Sunak’s comments by saying the Scottish Parliament plans to “vigorously challenge” any attempts by Westminster to undermine “the democratic will” of the Scottish Government.
The SNP did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment at the time of publication.