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EU Withdrawal Bill: Scottish Government says devolution must be defended

The Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, Michael Russell, has told MSPs that the Scottish Government cannot recommend the Scottish Parliament give its consent to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in its current form.

In a statement at Holyrood, Mr Russell set out the Government’s opposition to the Bill’s proposals to transfer responsibility for all EU law to Westminster, even for devolved matters.
He suggested that this would mean the Scottish Parliament would have no say on changes to existing EU laws in areas including agriculture, fisheries, justice, forestry or research.
Mr Russell confirmed that a series of amendments, jointly agreed with the Welsh Government, will be published shortly. He also said that if no agreement is reached on the content of the Bill, Scottish Ministers will consider other available options for legislation in the Scottish Parliament to prepare devolved laws for the impact of EU withdrawal.

A full statement can be found here...


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