Scotland set to vote against Brexit bill

  • Scotland set to vote against Brexit bill

Scotland set to vote against Brexit bill

Mr Russell will now write to David Lidington, Theresa May's de facto deputy, who has been leading talks with the devolved administrations for the UK.

SNP, Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat MSPs all voted against consent, with only the Scottish Conservatives arguing the changes that have already been made to the Bill go far enough to protect devolution. The UK says it will consult the Scottish government on all changes to those policies, and try to seek agreement.

Scottish Brexit spokesman Neil Findlay said: "Labour stands ready to work with other parties to find a solution".

The dispute centres on who will have control of powers now residing in Brussels, such as over farming and fisheries, once Britain leaves the EU.

Only the Scottish Conservatives were preparing to approve the Bill.

Spain wants to regain Gibraltar, which was ceded to Britain 300 years ago, but the government in Madrid said it doesn't want to hold the Brexit negotiations hostage over it. "But this is about protecting devolution which the people of Scotland voted for overwhelmingly, and there is no mandate to undermine that".

No. When the UK Government was taking welfare reforms through Parliament, MSPs withheld consent for part of this legislation.

"The solution, as this Parliament has agreed, is straightforward".

Such a move would not prevent the UK Government from introducing the legislation - but it would be the first time Westminster has pushed through laws against the wishes of the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish officials have accused May of a "power grab".

Scottish Brexit Minister Michael Russell said he hoped May's team would accept his proposed solution of amending the clause allowing the change European Union laws affecting Scotland, and said the U.K government needed to show more flexibility in future talks. "Even at this late stage our door remains open".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the secessionist Scottish National Party (SNP), said Britain was heading into "uncharted constitutional territory".

Sturgeon has rejected claims by May's Scottish Conservative allies that she is trying to "weaponise Brexit" to further her aim of Scottish independence.

He hit out at Labour and the Liberal Democrats for voting with the SNP, and added: "It's patently obvious that Nicola Sturgeon wants a political crisis to provide cover for her independence drive".

But SNP MSP Ash Denham responded: "The Tories think they can do whatever they like to Scotland and get away with it".

The Welsh and Scottish first ministers had both called the United Kingdom government's original plans for the bill a "power-grab" as it would have meant powers in devolved areas such as food labelling - now operated by the European Union in Brussels - would transfer directly to Westminster rather than to the devolved administrations post Brexit.