Scotland rejects key Brexit bill sparking fears of constitutional crisis

Scotland rejects key Brexit bill sparking fears of constitutional crisis

Scotland rejects key Brexit bill sparking fears of constitutional crisis

"The danger if I am being less optimistic, or pessimistic, is that the whole process crashes before [a deal] can emerge because time is running out and the clock is ticking", Sturgeon said on Monday.

"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".

Although the Scottish Parliament has no veto over the bill, the refusal to give consent is likely to cause a constitutional clash between Westminster and Holyrood.

Welsh and Scottish politicians rejected a proposal a year ago by Britain that devolved powers returning from the European Union after Brexit should initially pass through the national parliament.

The SNP said it would be "outrageous" for the British government to impose the bill on Scotland.

Mr Russell will now write to David Lidington, calling on him come to Scotland to "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".

United Kingdom ministers are likely to continue their negotiations with their Scottish counterparts and hope to come up with a deal and put the vote to MSPs again.

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SNP, Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat MSPs all voted against consent, with only the Scottish Conservatives arguing the changes that have already been made to the Bill go far enough to protect devolution.

The row centres on a set of powers which are technically devolved to the Scottish Parliament, but which are now decided at Brussels to ensure rules and regulations are the same across the EU.

But it has also named 24 areas where it wants to retain power temporarily in the wake of Britain's exit from the European Union, including in areas such as agriculture, fisheries and food labelling.

The Scottish government agrees that these UK-wide frameworks are needed.

Over the summer the Supreme Court is also due to decide on the legality of the Continuity Bill, Scotland's version of the EU Withdrawal Bill, after a challenge by the UK Government.

"The Scottish issue is just one among many headaches", Akash Paun, senior fellow at the Institute for Government in London told Bloomberg.

The three-day Scottish Rural Parliament will take place in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on November 14-16, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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