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Scotland's Sturgeon warns of 'catastrophic' no deal Brexit

16 May 2018, 02:18 | Erica Roy

Scotland's Sturgeon warns of 'catastrophic' no deal Brexit

Scottish independence is never off the table Sturgeon says

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.

The United Kingdom's European Union withdrawal bill is being now debated in the country's parliament and is due for the final vote in the House of Commons in the coming weeks.

Mike Russell, the SNP's Brexit Minister, demanded that the UK Government respects the will of the Scottish Parliament but David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, confirmed it would press ahead with the Bill.

In an article in the Sunday Herald newspaper following the Scottish government's rejection of the deal, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "If our principled stance means the SNP are the only or the last party standing, defending the founding principles of devolution, then so be it".

It will be up to ministers in London to decide then if those powers should go to the Scottish and Welsh parliaments, or if they should become part of United Kingdom wide common frameworks.

The Scottish Conservatives voted against, and have blamed the SNP for the failure to find an agreement.

Scottish Labour, which has been pressing for cross party talks in a bid to end the row, said it was "welcome" both the United Kingdom and Scottish governments had agreed to these.

Mr Russell said: "The UK Government wants to take a power to restrict the competence of this Parliament".

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


The UK government and Scottish Tories have so far refused to offer any further concessions after the Welsh government dropped its opposition to the bill and accepted the power-sharing plans on offer.

The Scottish government says it has "been entirely consistent in public and in private".

But Scottish Labour's Brexit spokesman Neil Findlay said: "As the party that delivered devolution, Labour will always seek to defend and strengthen it".

"The UK government can not ignore the reality of devolution or try to drown out what this parliament says", he said.

"The solution, as this Parliament has agreed, is straightforward".

It is convention that AMs in Cardiff, and MSPs in Scotland, vote to give or refuse consent on Westminster legislation when it impacts devolution. "That is for the UK Government to remove the clause that fundamentally undermines devolution and to proceed on the basis of agreement".

"They have a decision to make as to whether they are going to ignore the views of the Scottish parliament or listen to those views and try very hard to get a deal and to close the gap that remains between us".

"There is a real risk of a no deal Brexit and that would be pretty catastrophic", Sturgeon said.



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