Scottish parliament refuses consent for Britain's European Union withdrawal bill

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The Scottish government has urged the Parliament in Edinburgh to refuse "legislative consent" for the highly contested EU (Withdrawal) Bill now being debated by lawmakers in London.

The British government will press ahead with the EU Withdrawal Bill despite the Scottish parliament's decision to withhold its consent for the legislation.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the separatist Scottish National Party, said Britain is now heading into "uncharted constitutional territory" with a majority in Scotland's semi-autonomous legislature expected to oppose the bill.

A source close to the negotiations said: "It's incredible that the Scottish government are now giving the impression that there was never any prospect of them signing up to a deal of this sort and that it's a constitutional outrage".

The SNP said after the vote that the Conservative government at Westminster should make changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill to address the concerns of the Scottish parliament.

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Both the Scottish and United Kingdom governments insist that the door is still open to finding a deal, although both sides also admit they remain some distance apart.

May's official position is that Britain will be leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019, whether a deal is reached with Brussels or not.

The majority of Scottish lawmakers - 93 people - cast their ballots against the bill which defines post-Brexit sharing of power between regional authorities.

"The UK government can not ignore the reality of devolution or try to drown out what this parliament says", he said.

But Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins said: "It's profoundly regrettable that we don't have a deal in Scotland to allow us to move on".

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"Those changes mean that, when we leave the European Union, power will be held closer to people and communities across the UK".

"The mechanism for us is not really the issue, it's the issue of the consent of the parliament".

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Labour MSPs joined the SNP and the Greens in opposing the bill.

Lidington has said he is "open to suggestions that would improve the Bill" but has repeatedly refused to amend the legislation.

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In an article in the Sunday Herald newspaper following the Scottish government's rejection of the deal, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "If our principled stance means the SNP are the only or the last party standing, defending the founding principles of devolution, then so be it". "It would be even more outrageous if, having seen Holyrood specifically refuse consent to this Bill, the Tories imposed it on Scotland against our will", she said.

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