Scotland rejects key Brexit bill sparking fears of constitutional crisis

Spain and Catalonia could learn from Scotland Sturgeon says

Prime Minister Theresa May is under no obligation to amend her Brexit plan if Scotland objects, but experts warn that a confrontation between London and Edinburgh could push Scotland towards independence.

As such, the Scottish Government insists all these powers should come to it, hence the claim from SNP ministers that the EU Withdrawal Bill is a "power grab".

"Ignoring the stance taken by the Welsh Government, ignoring the stance taken by members of the Labour Party in the House of Commons and the House of Lords".

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.

SNP MSPs were then expected to be joined in rejecting the Bill by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Greens.

Scottish independence will never be off the table until it happens, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday.

"I still hope that they will take a positive decision, that they will take a step back and look at the proposal that we have put forward in relation to the specific arrangement which is just to keep 24 areas which affect the whole of the United Kingdom exactly as they are at the moment, so that the day after we leave the European Union nothing will have changed".

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No. When the UK Government was taking welfare reforms through Parliament, MSPs withheld consent for part of this legislation.

Plaid AM Adam Price said: "We are joining a very select club of national Parliaments, if we pass this motion today, that have voluntarily chose to cede their own authority".

In the case of the EU Withdrawal Bill the UK Government has been clear it will not remove clause 11 from the legislation, despite protestations from Scottish ministers that measures in this will constrain Holyrood's powers for up to seven years.

It means consent of the devolved legislatures will be sought for any changes to the powers held in Westminster, but if talks become deadlocked, UK Parliament will have the final say. "I still think we can resolve this issue". The prime minister briefed Conservative backbenchers on Monday about the two options her ministers are considering: a customs partnership which see Britain collecting tariffs on behalf of the EU; and a combination of technological and administrative measures created to diminish friction on a UK-EU customs border.

Ahead of the debate, a report from the assembly's external affairs committee said its six objectives for improving the bill had still not been met in full, despite the progress made.

A source said: "It's a nonsense to pretend that the Scottish position is defending devolution". However even if Holyrood votes to refuse consent, Westminster can still go ahead and introduce the legislation anyway.

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