Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has accused the First Minister of having “sacrificed the rights of children in Scotland” as part of a campaign of grievance politics in Westminster.

The Lib Dem said he was “outraged” that the Scottish Government had been advised legislation to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law was within Holyrood’s remit.

The UK Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the Bill “breaches the limitations imposed on the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament by the Scotland Act”.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill had been passed unanimously by MSPs at Holyrood earlier this year, but was later referred by the UK Government to the country’s highest court.

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