Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Scottish government poised to reject EU Withdrawal Bill

Scottish government poised to reject EU Withdrawal Bill

The Sewel Convention, which is enshrined in the devolution legislation, states Westminster "would not normally legislate with regard to devolved matters in Scotland without the consent of the Scottish Parliament".

But it has never been forced to overrule Holyrood before, and such a move could spark a constitutional crisis.

It is the first time the devolved Parliament has withdrawn its stamp of approval for legislation coming from Westminster.

After MSPs voted by 93 to 30 against consent to the Withdrawal Bill, Scottish Brexit Minister Mike Russell demanded: "The UK Government must respect the will of the Parliament".

"Sturgeon has refused to compromise".

Members of the Scottish National Party, the Labor Party, the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens showed a rare unity, approving the proposal of the Scottish government to reject the European Union withdrawal bill.

A source said: "It's a nonsense to pretend that the Scottish position is defending devolution".

Meanwhile, the UK Government has accused Scottish opponents of "nit-picking" and told its Scottish counterparts the "door is still open" for a deal to end the long-running Brexit powers dispute.

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Lidington has set out details of 24 areas he said would need to come under Westminster control immediately after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union to avoid short-term confusion in areas such as food hygiene, chemicals and animal welfare, which the Scottish Government says is unacceptable.

Plaid AM Adam Price said: "We are joining a very select club of national Parliaments, if we pass this motion today, that have voluntarily made a decision to cede their own authority".

Tomkins insisted the UK Government had moved to "accommodate fair concerns raised by all parties in Scotland".

The Edinburgh assembly voted by more than three to one to deny consent for the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which is now going through the national Parliament in London and is supposed to provide clarity on the legal position as Britain severs ties with the bloc.

Talks between the Scottish Government and Cabinet Office ministers Damian Green and David Lidington have been going on for months to reach a resolution on devolved powers.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the secessionist Scottish National Party (SNP), said Britain was heading into "uncharted constitutional territory". "It is deeply regrettable that the SNP has refused to take it".

He added: "It's obvious that the Greens will, as always, back the SNP today. It's deeply disappointing that the leaders of Labour and the Lib Dems have helped them do it".

In the case of the EU Withdrawal Bill the UK Government has been clear it will not remove clause 11 from the legislation, despite protestations from Scottish ministers that measures in this will constrain Holyrood's powers for up to seven years.

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