Scots want Brexit change

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BRI­TAIN: Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon says the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment has to make changes to its European Union with­drawal bill be­fore her de­volved gov­ern­ment in Ed­in­burgh will agree to back it, but she is hope­ful progress can be made.

The de­volved gov­ern­ments in Scot­land and Wales are wor­ried the with­drawal bill will sap their pow­ers. They can­not veto the bill, but fail­ure to win their con­sent would be an em­bar­rass­ing set­back for Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s gov­ern­ment.

‘‘There’s a long way still to go and I’m very clear that bill has to change,’’ Stur­geon said af­ter talks with May yes­ter­day de­scribed as ‘‘con­struc­tive and cor­dial’’.

‘‘Hope­fully hav­ing had the op­por­tu­nity to air the con­cerns we have in more de­tails we will be able to make progress in weeks to come,’’ Stur­geon said.

The EU with­drawal bill seeks to con­vert EU laws into Bri­tish law to pro­vide le­gal clar­ity af­ter Bri­tain leaves the bloc and law­mak­ers started to de­bate it yes­ter­day.

Scot­land and Wales, which con­trol pol­icy ar­eas such as health, ed­u­ca­tion, trans­port and agri­cul­ture, say the leg­is­la­tion does not guar­an­tee the sta­tus of their de­volved pow­ers af­ter Brexit.

A spokes­woman for May said that de­volved pow­ers would be en­hanced af­ter Brexit. – Reuters

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