Scotland may have power to block Brexit, Sturgeon says
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