20:48Scottish Parliament Votes Against Giving Consent to UK's EU Withdrawal Bill

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a Reuters Newsmaker event in London Britain

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at a Reuters Newsmaker event in London Britain

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

Sturgeon, who took the helm of the Scottish National Party after Scots voted to reject independence in a September 2014 referendum, said it was hard to see how the Irish border issue could be resolved without the United Kingdom staying in the customs union.

While the Scottish Parliament's refusal to back the bill will not legally prevent ministers from pressing ahead, it will increase the tensions of the impact of Brexit on devolved settlements across the UK. Russell has invited British cabinet minister David Lidington to Scotland for last-ditch cross-party talks to break the impasse.

Scottish Conservative Murdo Fraser took apart the First Minister, before taking digs at the Scottish Labour Party and Lib Dems.

The prime minister briefed Conservative backbenchers on Monday about the two options her ministers are considering: a customs partnership which see Britain collecting tariffs on behalf of the EU; and a combination of technological and administrative measures created to diminish friction on a UK-EU customs border.

The SNP, Labour, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats all voted against consent, with only the Scottish Conservatives arguing the changes that have already been made to the bill go far enough to protect devolution.

Scottish Government ministers fear the Bill, as it now stands, could constrain Holyrood for up to seven years after Brexit.

The UK Government has balked at this on around 24 of the powers being repatriated from Brussels, unwilling to give MSPs an effective veto.


Scottish Brexit spokesman Neil Findlay said: "Labour stands ready to work with other parties to find a solution".

Lidington has set out details of 24 areas he said would need to come under Westminster control immediately after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union to avoid short-term confusion in areas such as food hygiene, chemicals and animal welfare, which the Scottish Government says is unacceptable.

Welsh and Scottish ministers were working together against the bill before the deal - and the Scottish government remains opposed.

"The solution, as this Parliament has agreed, is straightforward".

"We remain hopeful that the Scottish Government will still come on board".

- What is legislative consent and why does it matter anyway? "That is for the UK Government to remove the clause that fundamentally undermines devolution and to proceed on the basis of agreement".

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". "There is a real risk of a no deal Brexit and that would be pretty catastrophic".

He said the blame for the lack of agreement in Scotland was because of Nicola Sturgeon.

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