Still time for EU with­drawal bill, says Stur­geon

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Ni­cola Stur­geon has said there is still time to se­cure an agree­ment on vi­tal Brexit leg­is­la­tion as UK min­is­ters were urged to come to Scotland to hear Holy­rood’s con­cerns.

The first min­is­ter told MSPs the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment was con­tin­u­ing to press the UK Gov­ern­ment to lis­ten to the con­cerns of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment over the EU With­drawal Bill.

Holy­rood voted by 93 to 30 against giv­ing for­mal con­sent to the leg­is­la­tion, which has been branded a “power grab” by SNP min­is­ters.

At first min­is­ter’s ques­tions, Ms Stur­geon urged the Scot­tish Tories to “stand up for the rights” of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

She said: “We con­tinue to ask the UK Gov­ern­ment to lis­ten to and more im­por­tantly re­spect the view of this Par­lia­ment which was so de­ci­sively ex­pressed in the vote on Tues­day.

“The re­quire­ment in the con­ven­tion to re­spect the views of this Par­lia­ment and not to pro­ceed with leg­is­la­tion that af­fects the pow­ers of this Par­lia­ment with­out our con­sent is not a nicety, it is not an ad­don, it is a fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant part of our con­sti­tu­tional set­tle­ment – those are ac­tu­ally the words of (Tory MSP) Adam Tomkins just a mat­ter of weeks ago.

“There is still time to get an agree­ment on this, but an agree­ment can only be reached if it re­spects the rights of this Par­lia­ment and is based on the fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant prin­ci­ple of the con­sent, gen­uine con­sent, of this Par­lia­ment.”

Mean­while Scotland’s Brexit Min­is­ter Mike Rus­sell urged UK min­is­ters to come to Scotland to hear the con­cerns over the bill first hand.

He said: “The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment made it ex­plic­itly clear that the cur­rent EU With­drawal Bill as it stands is not ac­cept­able.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and Par­lia­ment have al­ready set out a clear way for­ward – ei­ther re­move the leg­isla­tive con­straint and pro­ceed on the ba­sis of mu­tual trust, or amend the bill so the Par­lia­ment’s con­sent is required be­fore any or­ders are made.

“The clock is tick­ing and we need ur­gent ac­tion that re­spects the po­si­tion of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment and the de­vo­lu­tion set­tle­ment the peo­ple of Scotland voted for.”

“The clock is tick­ing and we need ur­gent ac­tion”

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