Scotland will vote against Brexit repeal bill

Bill would convert all existing EU laws into UK law – as well as replicate schemes such as the Common Fisheries Policy.

Scotland plans to vote against the Brexit repeal bill, warning it could lead to a constitutional crisis should Westminster unilaterally set up new frameworks on regulations such as the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) without support from Scottish ministers, reports The Telegraph.

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Scotland’s Brexit Minister Mike Russell said he was not opposed in principle to UK-wide replacements for EU schemes such as the CFP and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) but these would have to be agreed by Scottish ministers rather than imposed on them.

Although the UK government could implement the repeal bill despite the Scottish parliament voting against it, he said this would be an "extraordinary and unprecedented step to take."

But UK government sources said the talks, which also involved Scottish Secretary David Mundell and John Swinney, the deputy first minister, were “positive” and progress was being made.

In particular, they said both sides had discussed the principles that should underpin deciding in which policy areas UK frameworks are required. Russell and Swinney accepted the importance of not fragmenting the UK’s internal market, they said.

It was also agreed to start looking in detail at key policy areas such as fisheries and agriculture, and how the replacements for the CFP and CAP should work after Brexit.

Further talks are planned shortly.


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