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Lawmakers in Scotland refuse consent for Brexit bill

Lawmakers in Scotland refuse consent for Brexit bill

It is the first time the devolved Parliament has withdrawn its stamp of approval for legislation coming from Westminster.

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.

Scottish lawmakers voted 93-30 against May's European Union withdrawal bill. Meanwhile, 30 lawmakers supported the proposals on post-Brexit power sharing.

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.

What happens next now the consent motion has been rejected?

Scottish politicians at Holyrood refused to give their backing to a key piece of Theresa May's Brexit legislation, paving the way for a constitutional crisis.

Past year the Supreme Court ruled that the well established convention of Westminster not normally making laws in devolved areas is merely a political convention, which is not legally enforceable.

The U.K. government can go forward with Brexit without Scotland's consent.

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 Scottish government produced its own alternative Brexit legislation, which was passed by MSPs in March but is now subject to a legal challenge by the United Kingdom government. 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.

Theresa May's government has promised that the "vast majority" of the 158 areas where policy in devolved policy areas is decided in Brussels will immediately return to the devolved parliaments after Brexit.

Scottish secretary David Mundell said that, although Tuesday's refusal of consent for a Westminster Bill was unprecedented, the 1998 devolution legislation envisaged such a situation.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has been calling for cross party talks to resolve the dispute.

'There is still time to fix this mess'.

In response to the defeat, Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins said: "It's profoundly regrettable that we don't have a deal in Scotland to allow us to move on".

'The blame for that lies entirely with the SNP.

Announcing the event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "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".

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