Scotland set to vote against Brexit bill

Scotland set to vote against Brexit bill

Scotland set to vote against Brexit bill

The vote is not legally binding but could spark a constitutional crisis within the United Kingdom if prime minister Theresa May forces post-Brexit power-sharing plans on Scotland.

MSPs voted against the legislation by 93 votes to 30, with the Scottish Nationalists backed by Liberal Democrats and Labour, while the Conservatives supported the Bill.

At issue is a bitter dispute between Westminster and Holyrood over powers now held by Brussels, which the SNP wants devolved after Brexit.

"I think it is right that we go ahead with measures that not only respect devolution but also ensure the integrity of our common market".

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

Sturgeon said that when there was clarity on the shape of the Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union then she would be ready to give more details about Scotland's attitude towards a new independence vote.

Because of a general inertia among Scots over the issue, Nicola McEwen, politics professor at the Centre on Constitutional Change at Edinburgh University, suggested that the Scottish government should instead play the long game.

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

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.

It will be the first time since Holyrood was created.

Overruling Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, would be politically sensitive - particularly over such a historic move as Brexit - and would set a precedent in a constitutional setup that's only 20 years old.

Lidington has said he is "open to suggestions that would improve the Bill" but has repeatedly refused to amend the legislation.

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

He will call on him come to Scotland and hear "hear the concerns of all parties and to discuss with the Scottish Government and the UK Government any new ideas from any of the parties".

Sturgeon has rejected claims by May's Scottish Conservative allies that she is trying to "weaponise Brexit" to further her aim of Scottish independence.

Nicola Sturgeon's government in Edinburgh insists that Holyrood must explicity agree to any changes before they can take effect.

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