Scots want Brexit change
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