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The UK is heading for a 'constitutional crisis'. May forces through Brexit without Scotland's consent



 Michael Russell SNP REUTERS / Russell Cheyne Scotland's Brexit minister Michael Russell
  • Scotland's Brexit minister warns Theresa May risks a "constitutional crisis" if the PM does not back Brexit
  • The Scottish parliament voted by […] to vote for the EU Withdrawal Bill
  • He said such a move would "Theresa May is not committed to the constitution as it exists."
  • Theresa May and the way in which she's operated, "he added.

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1; The UK risks a full-blown "constitutional crisis" Westminster does not back down on its plan to push its Brexit bill through parliament without Scotland's consent, the Scottish Brexit minister has told Business Insider. [19659009] Under the Sewel Convention the UK government must first seek the consent of the Scottish parliament for action that would normally be devolved to the Scottish administration.

However, Michael Russell, Minister of Scotland's place in Europe, told Business Insider on Wednesday that doing so would spark a "constitutional crisis" and "show that Theresa May is not committed to the constitution as it exists."

"The relationship is at a pretty low ebb," Russell told BI.

"I think there's a very substantial [edit]

Theresa May and the way.

Theresa May and the way in which she's operated.

"It would show an extreme type of British nationalism."

Russell spoke to BI after the Scottish parliament voted by 93 votes to 30 to refuse to consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill, with Holyrood and Westminster at loggerheads about how to manage key powers due to return to Britain.

He called for Theresa May Minister's actions so that they had a "very substantial lack of trust" between the two administrations.

The UK and Scottish governments agree that 24 EU powers that will return to the UK after Brexit – in key areas such as farm subsidies, fisheries

Brexit, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the consultation is not enough and says Holyrood should have the right to block any changes it disagrees with.

Russell said Downing Street's fears that the Scottish government would use the powers to block the successful passage of post-Brexit trade deals was "ludicrous" because Westminster already has the ultimate legislative power to override the objections of devolved parliaments.

The UK government has override Westminster always has an override, so to put in another clunky

He suggested that the government was haunted by an incident in 2016, where the tiny Flemish region of Wallonia used its power of veto to try and block the passage of an enormous free trade deal between the EU and Canada known as CETA.

"I think [the government’s objections] have much to do with the fear that it comes to free-trade treaties that Scotland might have a view," he said. 1 9659009] "They are haunted by the Flemish approach to the CETA treaty but they have no reason to be. [Scotland] Scottish objections to the Brexit Bill wants to boost support for a Scottish independence referendum 41% of Scots want another referendum within the next few years.

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