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Holyrood refuses to back Brexit bill

Holyrood refuses to back Brexit bill

Lawmakers in the devolved Edinburgh assembly voted by 93 to 30 to refuse "legislative consent" for the highly-contested European Union (Withdrawal) Bill now being debated by the British parliament.

Westminster has never before introduced legislation that covers devolved areas without the approval of the Scottish Parliament.

"I'm not sure independence will ever be off the table until it is realised", Sturgeon said on Monday. Russell has invited British cabinet minister David Lidington to Scotland for last-ditch cross-party talks to break the impasse.

With the Greens, Scottish Labour and the Liberal Democrats having said they will join the SNP and vote against granting consent, it is certain to be passed when MSPs vote on the matter at 5pm on Tuesday.

The Welsh deal in turn led the House of Lords to endorse the United Kingdom stance, increasing the likelihood the measures will be passed by the Commons.

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.

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

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

"By insisting the Scottish Parliament should have an absolute veto on matters which have serious implications for the whole United Kingdom, they are attacking the whole basis on which devolution is built". "They can not pretend that no motion has been passed".

"There is a clear solution which is, as I have said and as the committee agreed last week, to simply remove [clause 15] from the bill".

Mr Fraser claimed Ms Sturgeon simply wanted to hand powers "in their entirety to Brussels" during a debate over whether Scottish Parliament should accept the Brexit Withdrawal Bill.

"But we would appeal to Scottish Labour and Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs to think hard before siding with the nationalists". "Even at this late stage our door remains open". Welsh finance secretary Mark Drakeford said "this is a deal we can work with which has required compromise on both sides", and the Welsh Assembly is expected to approve the agreement today.

"There is a real risk of a no deal Brexit and that would be pretty catastrophic", Sturgeon said. "It is deeply regrettable that the SNP has refused to take it".

The prime minister briefed Conservative backbenchers on Monday about the two options her ministers are considering: a customs partnership which see Britain collecting tariffs on behalf of the EU; and a combination of technological and administrative measures created to diminish friction on a UK-EU customs border.

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