Scots ea­ger to block Brexit talks

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Scot­land’s govern­ment says it will ask Bri­tain’s Supreme Court to block Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May from trig­ger­ing Euro­pean Union exit talks with­out con­sult­ing the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment first. May has said she plans to start di­vorce talks by in­vok­ing Ar­ti­cle 50 of the EU treaty be­fore March 31. But last week the High Court ruled that law­mak­ers in Bri­tain’s Par­lia­ment must first have a say. The govern­ment is ask­ing the Supreme Court to over­turn the rul­ing. Hear­ings are due next month. Scot­tish First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon said yes­ter­day that Scot­land would seek to in­ter­vene in the case, be­cause “the con­sent of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment should be sought be­fore Ar­ti­cle 50 is trig­gered”. Bri­tons voted to June 23 to leave the EU – but vot­ers in Scot­land strongly backed stay­ing in the Euro­pean Union. A ref­er­en­dum on Scot­land leav­ing the UK has also been sug­gested by some in the coun­try.

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