David­son frus­trated over Brexit Bill de­lays

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Ruth David­son has said she is “frus­trated” over de­lays to promised amend­ments to key Brexit leg­is­la­tion.

The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive leader said she would meet Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May on Mon­day to dis­cuss the hold-up in changes to the EU With­drawal Bill.

Ms David­son, right, told the BBC’s Good Morn­ing Scot­land pro­gramme that the de­lays were a re­sult of work be­tween UK and Scot­tish Govern­ment of­fi­cials tak­ing longer than ex­pected.

The Scot­tish and Welsh Gov­ern­ments have said they can­not rec­om­mend that the leg­is­la­tion be granted con­sent in its cur­rent form, which would see EU re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in de­volved ar­eas ini­tially trans­ferred to West­min­ster.

The UK Govern­ment says this will al­low com­mon frame­works to be cre­ated ahead of fur­ther de­vo­lu­tion – but it has been branded a “power grab” by the First Min­is­ters of Scot­land and Wales.

Scot­tish Sec­re­tary David Mun­dell had pre­vi­ously said the changes aimed at ad­dress­ing their con­cerns would be in­tro­duced next week, dur­ing the re­port stage in the House of Com­mons.

But it has emerged that the timetable has slipped, with the UK Govern­ment now not tabling amend­ments un­til the Bill reaches the House of Lords.

On the con­tentious Clause 11 of the Bill, Ms David­son said: “Both the Scot­tish Govern­ment and other de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions think that it needs re­placed and rewrit­ten. It’s quite com­plex to do that. I’m frus­trated that it’s not hap­pened al­ready.

“The work that’s go­ing on be­tween the civil ser­vants of the UK Govern­ment and the Scot­tish Govern­ment is tak­ing longer than we had thought and an­tic­i­pated and I find that frus­trat­ing.”

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