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Scottish lawmakers vote to reject Britain's EU Withdrawal Bill

IANS  |  London 

The on Tuesday refused to give its consent to Britain's key legislation -- EU Withdrawal

MSPs (Members of the Scottish Parliament) rejected the British government's by 93 votes to 30, reports

The governing party at Holyrood, the Party (SNP), won backing from Labour, Liberal and Greens MSPs to inflict the blow to Theresa May's government.

The vote meant Nicola Sturgeon's move to oppose proposals on post-power sharing was passed by the Scottish parliament, which fears May's current proposals would restrict its powers.

Political commentators said although the vote is not binding on May's government, it presents the British with the dilemma of either imposing a power-sharing plan on Holyrood, or attempting to avert a crisis by putting concessions.

newspaper in said sources suggested May is likely to push the legislation through the without Scottish parliament's consent.

The and Westminster have been at loggerheads for months over how to manage EU powers that will return to Britain after Brexit, including over state aid for industry, genetically modified crops policy, fishing quotas and farm subsidies, after ministers in made a series of concessions brokered by the Scottish Conservatives.

Both sides agree those policies should operate uniformally across Britain.

May's government says it will consult the on all changes to those policies, trying to seek agreement, while Sturgeon has decided that consultation is not enough and insists that her government should be given the legal power to block any changes it disagrees with.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 03:26 IST
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