Scotland prepares contingency Brexit legal guidelines in stand-off with London government

LONDON (Reuters) – The Scottish government stated on Wednesday it was getting ready laws that might guarantee authorized continuity in Scotland after Brexit as a fallback choice in case it fails to succeed in settlement with Prime Minister Theresa May on her exit plan.

FILE PHOTO – Michael Russell (MSP) Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe talks throughout an interview within the Scottish Parliament Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain October three 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Scottish ministers are sad with a number of components of May’s strategy to legally enacting Britain’s exit from the European Union, together with the way in which that powers reclaimed from Brussels might be distributed again to Scotland.

May’s government says she expects to have to hunt permission from Scotland’s devolved parliament to enact her exit plan through laws often called the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which goes by means of the British parliament..

The Scottish government has stated it isn’t prepared to offer its consent till considerations about devolution are addressed.

With that in thoughts, Scotland’s ministers stated they wished to begin contingency planning by getting ready the Scottish parliament for the introduction of its personal invoice designed to make sure authorized continuity after leaving the EU.

“As things stand, we need to prepare responsibly for the possibility of consent being withheld. To that end, our officials are developing a Continuity Bill for Scotland,” stated a letter signed by Scotland’s Brexit negotiator Michael Russell and parliamentary business minister Joe Fitzpatrick.

The letter to Scotland’s parliament stated their first desire was to barter assurances and safeguards from the British government over May’s plan. But, if these talks failed to provide a compromise, they might most likely search to begin legislating on their very own plan in February.

“The purpose of introducing the bill is to ensure that Scotland’s laws can be prepared for the effects of EU withdrawal even if it does not prove possible to rely on the UK Bill,” the letter stated.

Reporting by William James; enhancing by Stephen Addison

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