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Lawmakers in Scotland refuse consent for Brexit bill

Reuters LONDON (Reuters) — The Scottish Parliament refused consent for Britain’s flagship Brexit legislation on Tuesday, pushing Britain into constitutionally uncharted territory as London presses ahead with the bill regardless.

The devolved Edinburgh legislature voted by 93 votes to 30 to deny consent for the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, currently going through the national Parliament in London, which will cut political, financial and legal ties with the EU.

Although the Scottish Parliament has no veto over the bill, the refusal to give consent sets up an unprecedented constitutional clash between Edinburgh and London, complicating British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for Brexit.

Britain’s Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the U.K. intended to push through the withdrawal bill, but that the door was open for further talks.

“There will be an opportunity for further debate and discussion,” Mundell told BBC News. “I still think we can resolve this issue.”

The independence-minded Scottish National Party (SNP), which runs the minority government in Holyrood, Edinburgh, said it would be “outrageous” if the British government imposed the bill on Scotland.Speech

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