Damian Green to meet Scottish Ministers for key Brexit talks

Damien Green to meet Scottish Ministers for key Brexit talks

The First Secretary is to discuss Holyrood's refusal to grant the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill legislative consent

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ministers from the UK and Scottish Governments are to hold further discussions over Brexit as a vital bill covering the EU's withdrawal reaches a critical moment.

The Scottish Government, as well as the Welsh administration, is stubbornly refusing to grant the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill legislative consent.

In an attempt to break the deadlock over this, First Secretary Damian Green is to travel to Scotland for talks with John Swinney, Scotland's deputy first minister, and Brexit Minister Mike Russell.

Government figures in both Edinburgh and Cardiff had branded the bill a “power grab” owing to the fact key responsibilities for devolved countries would be handed back to London from Brussels.

Control would eventually be handed back by way of devolution, but only at a later stage.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Russell said proof had to be granted of the Government’s intention to protect devolved states.

Amendments to change the bill moving through Parliament will be debated by MPs on Monday December 4. 

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