MSP Gil Paterson has thrown his support behind a former provost’s campaign for a written constitution in Scotland.
Denis Agnew, also a councillor at West Dunbartonshire Council, is petitioning the Scottish Parliament for an “enshrined Bill of Rights”.
A written constitution would help protect fundamental rights, the rule of law, minority rights and preserve Scotland as a truly democratic nation, Mr Paterson has added.
A contentious debate on leaving the EU and the subsequent fallout since the vote emphasises the need to secure citizens’ rights in Scotland.
The MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie said: “A written constitution would ensure the fundamental rights of every person in Scotland in a clear and precise manner.
“At a time when turbulent change is being brought upon Scotland against its will - Brexit - it is important we emphasise our rights and the rule of law.
“In implementing a written constitution, we also underpin that minorities are protected for generations to come.
“Due to the clarity a written constitution offers, no ruler or government can exercise powers arbitrarily, upholding Scotland as a democratic nation.
“We would be shielded against the impulses and desires of Westminster politicians who have brought chaos upon Scotland and the rest of the UK recently.
“In light of this, I applaud the efforts of Denis Agnew and fully support the campaign for a written constitution in Scotland.”