Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

May disappointed by Scottish refusal to approve Brexit law

May disappointed by Scottish refusal to approve Brexit law

"But I don't think they should underestimate it".

It is important people have a say in decisions affecting them, and the Rural Parliament is an important part of that process, allowing rural communities from across Scotland to discuss and agree priority areas for development and local democracy.

The UK Government has accused Scottish opponents of "nit-picking" and has insisted it is trying to protect Britain's economic integrity by building a common framework throughout the country when Brussels regulations are handed over after Brexit.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, who has been calling for cross party talks to resolve the dispute, said: "This means that the vote on consent for the Withdrawal Bill at Holyrood today need not be the final word on this matter - there is still time to fix this mess".

Scottish Government ministers however fear the legislation, as it now stands, could see Holyrood's powers constrained for up to seven years after the United Kingdom quits the European Union and are demanding changes before they will give it the go ahead. The vote is not legally binding, but it puts May in a tricky situation.

Britain's Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell speaks at the Conservative Party's conference in Manchester Thomson Reuters LONDON (Reuters) - The Scottish parliament refused consent for Britain's flagship Brexit legislation on Tuesday, pushing Britain into constitutionally uncharted territory as London presses ahead with the bill regardless.

The Scottish Government argues that all powers not now reserved to Westminster should automatically be devolved.

It has never been done before by the devolved Parliament in Holyrood.

European Union negotiators have rejected both options and Conservative Brexiteers have criticised the prime minister's favoured option of a customs partnership as unworkable and inconsistent with regaining full sovereignty from Brussels. But Westminster has identified 24 areas, including agriculture, fisheries and public procurement, where it wants to temporarily retain powers to ensure an orderly withdrawal from the EU.

The UK government has the authority to simply impose the Brexit legislation on Scotland, "even if that is politically problematic [as] it would overturn 20 years of constitutional convention and precedent", she added.

The Welsh government agreed to give its consent to the Bill last month but Nicola Sturgeon's government at Holyrood has rejected what it characterises as a unilateral power grab.

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