Friends? The one where our governments fail to strike a deal on Brexit

It’s the longest-running 'will they-won't they' saga since Ross and Rachel got together in Friends.


Today, Nicola Sturgeon is set to formally rebuff the advances of the UK Government and declare 'No Deal' in her attempts to get the Scottish Parliament's consent for the repatriation of Brexit powers.


Unlike the cult comedy series, though, people are definitely NOT gripped by the suspense of Scottish politics' most predictable storyline.


Put simply, it’s just another dent in the image of our politicians in the eyes of the public just when you thought their esteem couldn't fall any lower.


The inability of our governments in Holyrood and Westminster to make a deal after months of negotiations is thoroughly depressing.


To recap, both sides agree a range of powers including fishing and farming should ultimately be devolved to Holyrood. Both sides agree there will need to be joint working across common frameworks to make them work in the interests of the people they serve.

But after endless rounds of negotiations, in which both sides danced on the head of a pin over interminable processes, they have been unable to see eye to eye on a deal.


Who is to blame? And more importantly, does anybody care?


Nicola Sturgeon and Mike Russell have trotted out the usual bluster about 'power grabs' and betrayal in the hope of driving an independence wedge into the public consciousness.


The UK Government and the Whitehall machine - tied up in their own Brexit hell and infighting - have shown the usual tin ear to Scottish politics by offering up the grievances the nationalists thrive on.


The result? A nation bored to tears and stuck in limbo between two divisive constitutional projects.


The Scottish Parliament is now one of the most powerful devolved legislatures in the world and is set to get even more powers from Brexit. The ongoing transfer of tax and social security responsibilities to Holyrood means Scotland is an era of power-sharing across its two governments.


But the entrenched positions and tendency to play political games is putting paid to any chance of meaningful progress on the issues that matter to the people of Scotland.


With economic growth levels bumping along the bottom, imagine if our two governments had used these wasted hours working out a plan to create jobs and prosperity here in Scotland.


Instead, we have seen bluster and point-scoring replace principle and practicality.

From our point of view, the campaign for indyref2 has not been boosted by this dead-end debate. For that, we can be thankful. But the failure of our two governments to work together to make devolution work for Scotland is in no one's interests.


Tune in to the latest twists and turns of Clause 11 on BBC Parliament? No thanks. I think I would rather watch an old re-run of Friends.

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