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UK blocks Scotland’s controversial self-ID Bill. Will Queensland follow?

19 January 2023

5:00 AM

19 January 2023

5:00 AM

Something incredible happened this week.

In a historic move, the UK government has blocked Scotland’s controversial self-ID Bill (the Gender Recognition Reform Bill).

That’s right. A law, which would allow anyone over the age of 16 to self-identify as the opposite sex and have this legally recognised, has been deemed so problematic by the UK government that it is employing a never-before-used veto power to stop it in its tracks.

The power is found under section 35 of the Scotland Act which allows the UK to block Scottish laws that would have ‘an adverse effect’ on UK-wide law – in this case, UK equalities legislation.

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