David Mundell claims Brexit Bill is too 'technical' for MSPs to understand

David Mundell claims Brexit Bill is too 'technical' for MSPs to understand

David Mundell claims Brexit Bill is too 'technical' for MSPs to understand

The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh passed a motion on Tuesday by a vote of 93-30 to refuse consent for the European Union Withdrawal Bill.

Scottish Brexit Minister Mike Russell insisted it will "not be the end of the process", as the two governments remain at loggerheads over the long-running dispute over where powers returning to the United Kingdom post-Brexit should be held.

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.

Legally speaking, Scotland can't do much about Brexit. 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. 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.

"I think it is right that we go ahead with measures that not only respect devolution, but ensure we maintain the integrity of our common market". "But the government might ultimately feel it has no alternative".


Scotland's parliament doesn't have the authority to block the legislation, but an attempt to push it through without Scottish consent could prompt a constitutional crisis.

If May chooses to disregard the Scottish vote, it could fuel First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's calls for a second referendum on Scottish independence and likely strengthen her argument that Scotland should be independent. "If the constitutional issue becomes about devolution and not about independence, then that helps them and not the Conservatives". The UK ceded more autonomy as part of promises made during 2014's independence referendum campaign.

He said the government would press ahead with the Bill but suggested it would be open to amending it to reflect Scottish concerns.

The Scottish Parliament passed its own version of Brexit legislation, called the Continuity Bill, in March by a margin of 95 to 32 to ensure it retains control of areas that are now devolved after Britain formally leaves the EU.

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