Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999

Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999

The Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 is a statutory instrument of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, defining "the boundaries between waters which are to be treated as internal waters or territorial sea of the United Kingdom adjacent to Scotland and those which are not". It was introduced in accordance with the Scotland Act 1998, which established the devolved Scottish Parliament.

Defining jurisdictions

The territorial waters thus defined as Scottish waters come under the jurisdiction of Scots law, and are also used for defining the area of operation of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and other Scottish Executive agencies and public bodies. This is, for example, of importance to the Scottish fishing industry, the North Sea oil industry, and in the competing claims for the resources of the Rockall Trough.

The territorial waters thus defined as "not" being Scottish waters come under the jurisdiction of either English law or Northern Ireland law. Therefore, because it defines the territorial limits of the three separate legal states, it comprises a piece of constitutional law in the constitution of the United Kingdom.

This marine boundary was moved from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Carnoustie making 6,000 miles of Scotland Sea English. [] Consequently when you play golf at St Andrews (The Scottish Home of Golf) and look out to sea, you are looking at English Waters.

ee also

*Anglo-Scottish border

External links

* [ The Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999]
* [] of the boundary defined in the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999
* [ 26 April 2000 - Official Report] of debate regarding the Order in the Scottish Parliament
* [ Scottish Executive - press release, 9 Dec 1999]
* [ Scottish Ministers' proposals for the designation of marine boundaries in coastal and transitional waters]

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