Repeal bill has caused a constitutional crisis, says Scotland's Brexit minister

Alain Brian
Juillet 17, 2017

The SNP were joined by Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones in voicing protest at the so called "Great Repeal Bill", which will transfer European Union legislation into United Kingdom legislation so it can be altered at a nation state level.

Mike Russell, Scotland's Brexit minister, said that the great repeal bill was "unacceptable and would lead to chaos" as he confirmed that the Scottish government would not consent to the law as it stood.

The shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer MP, has said Labour is "putting the Government on notice" it may vote against the Bill, and possible weakening of environmental protections are top of the party's agenda.

"The first minister has already called on Members of the Scottish Parliament to join us now, with no equivocation, to back demands for the democratically elected Scottish government to be at the table in the UK's Brexit negotiating strategy". He confirmed the United Kingdom government's intention to forbid Scotland...

He added: "We are also concerned that the scheme in the bill for correcting devolved law is unlikely to be workable in its current form".

"In particular, it empowers United Kingdom ministers to make changes in devolved policy areas without any involvement of either the Scottish government or the Scottish Parliament".

The UK government said it expected the outcome of the process to be "a significant increase in the decision-making power of each devolved administration".

"We need to establish a common framework". "What we need to establish is what the common framework will look like now that we are exiting the European Union".

"Mr Mundell's description of the bill as a powers "bonanza" is quite frankly ludicrous - this is a Westminster power grab laid bare, and his attempts to defend the indefensible do him no credit".

"It is essential that the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament have a central role in devolved policy areas and that any powers repatriated from the European Union in these areas come to Scotland".

On Thursday, the first minister met Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, in Brussels.

The UK government has also previously rejected Ms Sturgeon's calls for the Scottish government to be involved in the Brexit talks.

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