- Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999
The Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 is a
statutory instrumentof 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 Scotlandand those which are not". It was introduced in accordance with the Scotland Act 1998, which established the devolved Scottish Parliament.
The territorial waters thus defined as Scottish waters come under the
jurisdictionof 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 agenciesand public bodies. This is, for example, of importance to the Scottish fishing industry, the North Sea oilindustry, 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 lawor Northern Ireland law. Therefore, because it defines the territorial limits of the three separate legal states, it comprises a piece of constitutional lawin 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. [http://www.oilofscotland.org/scottish_politics.html#Scotlands_marine_boundries] Consequently when you play golf at St Andrews (The Scottish Home of Golf) and look out to sea, you are looking at English Waters.
* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1999/19991126.htm The Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999]
* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1999/99112601.gifMap] of the boundary defined in the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999
* [http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-00/or060102.htm 26 April 2000 - Official Report] of debate regarding the Order in the
* [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/news/1999/12/se1623.asp Scottish Executive - press release, 9 Dec 1999]
* [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/10/27171805/18056 Scottish Ministers' proposals for the designation of marine boundaries in coastal and transitional waters]
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