Scottish Parliament set to vote against Brexit launch bill

Scottish Parliament set to vote against Brexit launch bill

Editor: Vladimir Bajic | Tactical Investor


EU Withdrawal Bill rejected by Scottish Parliament

MSPs have set themselves at odds with Westminster by backing a Scottish government motion that makes clear that Holyrood “does not consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill”.

The move could trigger a constitutional crisis, as it would be the first time the UK government has pushed through laws against the will of Scotland, if Ms May decides to press ahead with the legislation

Scottish government Brexit minister Mike Russell previously said the bill “rides roughshod over devolution”, as it could see some powers returned to Whitehall, rather than Holyrood, after the UK leaves the EU.

Speaking after the vote, he said: “The UK Government wants to take a power to restrict the competence of this Parliament.

“And it wants to be able to exercise this power even in the face of an explicit decision by this Parliament that it should not.

“The Scottish Parliament has now said overwhelmingly that this attempt to undermine devolution is unacceptable.”

“I still hope that they will take a positive decision, that they will take a step back and look at the proposal that we have put forward in relation to the specific arrangement which is just to keep 24 areas which affect the whole of the UK exactly as they are at the moment, so that the day after we leave the EU nothing will have changed.Full Story

Scottish Parliament ‘will not approve any Brexit bills

Mike Russell, Scotland’s Brexit Minister, said the Scottish Government no longer trusted UK ministers following a breakdown in relations over the handling of the EU Withdrawal Bill.

He added that he “couldn’t conceive of circumstances” where MSPs would vote to give approval for further legislation related to leaving the EU, such as trade, agriculture and fisheries.

MPs approved parts of the Bill related to devolution after less than 20 minutes of debate last week, despite the Scottish Parliament voting against granting formal consent for the legislation.

Under the Sewel Convention, Westminster does not normally legislate on devolved matters without Holyrood’s approval.

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, said the convention had been “ripped up”, while Mr Russell told MSPs earlier this week that “urgent discussions” must now take place with Westminster over the issue.

“For example, on the Sewel Convention, we need to have the interpretation of that written down in statute and made legally binding, because what we’ve presently got is a situation where the UK Government makes the rules and then breaks them themselves, and there are no sanctions.”

“The ball is very much in their (the UK Government’s) court; we have said there are things we cannot now do because they have broken the system. They need to look at that and they need to work constructively with us.”

He added: “The nationalists don’t care about making Brexit work for Scotland, or indeed the wellbeing of devolution. They simply want to break-up Britain, and this is the latest ploy in that process.

“If anyone is proving untrustworthy, it’s the SNP government.” Full Story


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