Scottish lawmakers reject Brexit bill in headache for May

Scottish lawmakers reject Brexit bill in headache for May

Scottish lawmakers reject Brexit bill in headache for May

The Scottish government has urged the Parliament in Edinburgh to refuse "legislative consent" for the highly contested EU (Withdrawal) Bill now being debated by lawmakers in London.

As if the divisions within the cabinet over Brexit weren't trouble enough for the Prime Minister, a vote in the Scottish parliament today has paved the way for a potential constitutional crisis.

It would be the first time the UK Government has ignored the will of the Scottish Parliament when legislating on devolved matters since its creation in 1999.

The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, left, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon prepare for a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, last year.

While the Scottish Parliament's refusal to back the bill will not legally prevent ministers from pressing ahead, it will increase the tensions of the impact of Brexit on devolved settlements across the UK.

Ms. May's legislation has already been torn apart by the House of Lords and another battle awaits her when it returns to the lower House of Commons.

"That is a reasonable and sensible way forward", the Prime Minister said. It also risks playing into the hands of the nationalists who are trying to build a case for another independence referendum.

Mr Russell will now write to David Lidington, calling on him come to Scotland to "hear the concerns of all parties and to discuss with the Scottish Government and the UK Government any new ideas from any of the parties". "But the government might ultimately feel it has no alternative".

Scotland's parliament is expected to formally reject legislation for taking Britain out of the European Union today.

Scotland voted to remain in the European Union after voting to stay a part of the United Kingdom in its own referendum in 2014.

Bruce Crawford, the head of the Parliament's Finance and Constitution Committee, said the vote was a "historic and significant" moment for Scotland and that he hoped the government in London would "respect the views" of the assembly. Labour, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats joined the Scottish National Party (SNP) to refuse consent by 93 votes to 30, leaving the Conservatives at Holyrood isolated. "It becomes about self-governance". The UK ceded more autonomy as part of promises made during 2014's independence referendum campaign.

Mrs May said the bill meant the devolved governments would still to be able to make all the decisions they can now make after Brexit.

Mr Mundell said Brexit would leave the Scottish Parliament with more powers and responsibilities than it now has, and pointed out it had recently been handed powers over income tax the welfare system.

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