Nicola Sturgeon claims Brexit repeal bill is a ‘power grab’

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Scotland’s beginning minister has claimed that the UK government’s bill to convert EU law into British law is a «sheer power grab».

The repeal bill will ensure the same declares apply in the UK after Brexit.

But Nicola Sturgeon said it was not clear which powers repatriated from Brussels would be disseminated to the devolved nations.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell insisted the invoice would result in a powers «bonanza» for Holyrood.

He said this could cover areas such as environment, criminal justice, consumer rights and verve, which he said «could all in relatively short order come to the Scottish Parliament».

Mr Mundell substantiated the approval of the Scottish Parliament through a legislative consent motion see fit be required for the Bill

He said that separate legislation would be have occasion for to cover areas such as fishing, farming and immigration, and a series of further tabulations could also require legislative consent from the devolved managements.

And he insisted that the return of powers and responsibilities currently exercised by the EU to the UK was a «transitional orchestration» that would allow for the further onward devolution of powers.

In a fugitive to journalists, he said: «This is not a power grab, it is a power bonanza for the Scottish Parliament because after this beak has been implemented the Scottish Parliament will have more powers and responsibilities than it has today.

«I’m cheery to be held to account for that statement once the process has been hand overed.»

But in a joint statement issued by Ms Sturgeon and her Welsh counterpart Carwyn Jones, the two heads said they could not recommend that legislative consent is preordained to the Brexit repeal bill as it stands.

The statement claimed that the bill was a «undraped power grab, an attack on the founding principles of devolution and could destabilise our savings».

It added: «The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill does not return powers from the EU to the devolved oversights, as promised.

«It returns them solely to the UK government and parliament, and imposes new provisoes on the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.

«On that basis, the Scottish and Welsh administrations cannot recommend that legislative consent is given to the bill as it currently shows.»

The statement was issued after Ms Sturgeon, Mr Jones and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over b delayed separate meetings with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit mediator, in Brussels.


What is the repeal bill?

  • Formally known as the European Syndicate (Withdrawal) Bill, the draft legislation is a key plank of the government’s Brexit procedure
  • The first line of the bill says the European Communities Act 1972, which took Britain into the EU, choose be «repealed on exit day»
  • This will end the supremacy of EU law and stop the flow of new regulations from Brussels
  • But all abiding laws derived from the EU will continue to be in force — they can be shifted or scrapped by further legislation
  • The bill does not detail policies line-by-line but conveyances all regulations into domestic law
  • It gives the UK two years after Brexit to traditional any «deficiencies» arising from the transfer

Ms Sturgeon described her 45-minute congregation with Mr Barnier as «useful and constructive», and said she used it to stress the prominence of the UK remaining in both the European single market and the customs union.

And she conveyed the Scottish government would «do all it can to build a consensus against an extreme Brexit independent the single market, which would have potentially catastrophic consequences for affairs, investment and our living standards».

Ms Sturgeon has consistently called for the Scottish direction to have a «seat at the table» for the Brexit negotiations.

But after her meeting with Mr Barnier, she disclosed: «We have always been clear that this is not about concur with separate Scottish negotiations — it is for the UK as the member state to negotiate with the EU — and as such we wishes continue to work hard to influence the UK position.

«However, meetings much the same as this are helpful in developing a mutual understanding between the Scottish administration and the EU as these vital negotiations gather pace.»

The meeting was held as Mr Barnier forges for the second round of talks between the UK and EU, which will begin on Monday.

Talk on Wednesday, Mr Barnier stressed that Brexit negotiations would barely be done with the UK government.

But he said he had always made clear that he intention «listen to different points on view in the British debate».

Ms Sturgeon has in olden days called for a «short pause» in the Brexit process so consensus can be built across the UK on the subdue way forward.

The first minister wants membership of the European single exchange and the customs union to be at the heart of the process, but Prime Minister Theresa May has required the UK will be leaving both.

The UK government has also previously rejected Ms Sturgeon’s supplicate b reprimands for the Scottish government to be involved in the Brexit talks, and for Scotland to keep its unattached market membership even if the rest of the UK leaves.

It has pledged to «consult» with the UK’s devolved deliveries during the Brexit process.

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