Com­mons row on de­volved par­lia­ments’ role in Brexit


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But for­mer shadow Scot­tish sec­re­tary, Ian Mur­ray, who is now Scot­tish Labour’s West­min­ster spokesman, de­fended their stance.

The Ed­in­burgh South MP said: “Rather than add any­thing con­struc­tive to the dis­cus­sions about the most im­por­tant de­ci­sion for our coun­try since the Se­cond World War, na­tion­al­ists are once again play­ing po­lit­i­cal games to score cheap points.

“It was Labour that forced the Tory gov­ern­ment to pro­duce a plan for Brexit, and we have been clear that we want to see the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in­volved in the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“How­ever, Brexit should not be used as a false man­date from na­tion­al­ists for a se­cond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.”

Mr Carmichael pointed out he voted against var­i­ous other na­tion­al­ist amend­ments that sought to re­quire con­sent by the de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions.

But he added: “This one was dif­fer­ent and re­quired the UK Gov­ern­ment to seek en­dorse­ment. This is a lesser re­quire­ment which re­flects bet­ter the con­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ments that we have and would force the two gov­ern­ments to co­op­er­ate and to com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter.”

The Supreme Court is ex­pected to an­nounce its rul­ing on the Brexit chal­lenge later this month.

It could mean that Theresa May must seek the con­sent of the de­volved par­lia­ments be­fore she can trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50.

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