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Scottish Parliament Rejects Theresa May's Flagship Brexit Legislation As Constitutional Crisis Looms

17 May 2018
Scottish Parliament Rejects Theresa May's Flagship Brexit Legislation As Constitutional Crisis Looms

The Scottish Parliament is expected to refuse consent to the United Kingdom government's main Brexit bill later today as the deadlock over how to handle powers returning to the United Kingdom after Brexit continues.

But the SNP argues that in its current state, the bill could mean that the powers of the Scottish parliament could be changed by the British government without the consent of the parliament for the first time ever.

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.

Westminster now has the option of introducing the Withdrawal Bill against the wishes of the Scottish Parliament - although doing so would be politically problematic for Mrs May and her government.

Theresa May will push on with Brexit legislation despite failing to secure the backing of the Scottish parliament. With the support of Scottish Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens, her government refused to give the European Union bill its legislative consent in the vote on Tuesday.

He said the plan, which could see some powers kept by the Westminster Parliament for up to seven years, "rides roughshod over devolution".

While Mr Lidington has said he is "open to suggestions that would improve the Bill" the UK Government has repeatedly refused to drop clause 15 - which was formerly clause 11 - from the legislation.

A historic moment for the Scottish Parliament and ”I hope that the UK government will respect the views of this parliament,” Bruce Crawford said
A historic moment for the Scottish Parliament and ”I hope that the UK government will respect the views of this parliament,” Bruce Crawford said

The prime minister now has to decide whether to press ahead despite the vote or make renewed efforts for some kind of compromise.

"I think people across Scotland, that's what they want: they don't want the bickering, they don't want the hyperbole they saw in yesterday's Scottish parliament debate", he added.

The Labour-run Welsh Government previously shared the position of Scottish ministers, but dropped its opposition following changes to the legislation.

"Labour know perfectly clearly what the position of the Scottish Parliament is and, of course, Labour will have the chance to influence that themselves on Tuesday when I hope the whole parliament will say the power grab is unacceptable".

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 said: "It's patently obvious that Nicola Sturgeon wants a political crisis to provide cover for her independence drive".