Scotland refuses to green light Brexit bill, setting up constitutional clash

Brexit: Scotland set to reject EU Withdrawal Bill

MSPs at Holyrood have formally refused to grant consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill by 93 votes to 30.

She added: "What the bill does is set out a mechanism that respects devolution and lets us maintain the integrity of our own common market as we work out the long-terms solutions".

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".

"I'm not sure independence will ever be off the table until it is realised", Sturgeon said on Monday.

Welcoming the announcement, Amanda Burgauer, Scottish Rural Action chairwoman, said that the area already has an active rural community.

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Mundell told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland: "There did seem to be a fundamental misunderstanding among numerous MSPs [about] what this bill is about".

Senior figures from the Scottish Government have repeatedly expressed concerns that the United Kingdom government will take control of devolved powers following Brexit in areas formally devolved but in practice regulated by European Union law, such as fisheries, environment, agriculture, animal welfare and aspects of public health and transport.

And he said Scottish government proposals for resolving the "very technical issue which has become the focal point of an unnecessary row" would effectively allow the Holyrood to veto measures which applied across the whole of the UK.

Scottish officials have accused May of a "power grab".

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

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It says the "temporary restriction" on the devolved governments passing laws in these areas was needed "to help ensure an orderly departure from European Union law" and allow the same rules to remain in place across the whole of the UK.

All the governments have agreed there needs to be UK-wide frameworks for these areas, and talks involving all four administrations are ongoing.

While the Scottish Parliament's refusal to back the bill will not legally prevent ministers from pressing ahead, it will increase the tensions of the impact of Brexit on devolved settlements across the UK.

"That is why I must recommend the Scottish Parliament votes against accepting the bill in its current form".

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