Scot­land may have power to block Brexit, Stur­geon says

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Ed­in­burgh: The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment may have the con­sti­tu­tional power to block the United King­dom’s exit from the Euro­pean Union, First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon says.

Scot­land, a na­tion of five mil­lion peo­ple, voted to stay in the EU by 62 to 38 per cent in the Brexit ref­er­en­dum, putting it at odds with the UK as a whole, which voted 52 to 48 per cent in favour of an exit from the bloc. Un­der the UK’s com­plex ar­range­ments to de­volve some pow­ers to Scot­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land, leg­is­la­tion gen­er­ated in Lon­don to give ef­fect to the vote to leave the EU would have to gain con­sent from the three de­volved Par­lia­ments. Asked on BBC tele­vi­sion whether she would con­sider ask­ing the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to block a mo­tion of leg­isla­tive con­sent, Stur­geon said: “Of course”. “If the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment was judg­ing this on the ba­sis of what’s right for Scot­land then the op­tion of say­ing that we’re not go­ing to vote for some­thing that is against Scot­land’s in­ter­est, of course that’s go­ing to be on the ta­ble,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, I care about the rest of the UK, I care about Eng­land, that’s why I’m so up­set at the UK-wide de­ci­sion that’s been taken.”

Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon

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