Scottish Lawmakers Vote to Reject Britain’s European Union Withdrawal Bill: Theresa May to Push Legislation Regardless: The Scottish parliament on Tuesday is refusing to give its consent to Britain’s critical Brexit legislation — European Union Withdrawal Bill. Members of the Scottish Parliament MSPs rejected the British government’s bill by 93 votes to 30, reports Xinhua.
Scottish Lawmakers Vote to Reject Britain’s European Union Withdrawal Bill: Theresa May to Push Legislation Regardless
The governing party at Holyrood, the Scottish Nationalists Party, won backing from Labour, Liberal Democrats and Greens MSPs to inflicting the blow to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.
The vote meant SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s move to opposing proposals on post-Brexit power-sharing that was passed by the Scottish parliament, which fears May’s current projects will restrict its powers.
Political commentators say although the vote is not binding on May’s government, it presents the British prime minister with the dilemma of either imposing a power-sharing plan on Holyrood or attempting to avert a crisis by putting forward a concession.
The Guardian says Conservative Party sources suggesting May is likely to push the legislation through the House of Commons without Scottish parliament’s consent.
The Scottish Parliament and Westminster have at loggerheads for months over how to manage EU powers that will return to Britain after Brexit which is including over state aid for industry, genetically modified crops policy, fishing quotas and farm subsidies, after ministers in the London make a series of concessions brokered by the Scottish Conservatives.
Both sides agree those policies should operate uniformly across Britain.
May’s government says it will consult the Scottish parliament on all changes to those policies, trying to seek agreement.
While Sturgeon has to decide that consultation is not enough and insists that her government should give the legal power to block any changes it disagrees.
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