Nicola Sturgeon, has said that the Scottish Parliament could block the UK’s exit from the EU.
In an interview on Sunday Politics Scotland, she revealed that government ministers in Holyrood would refuse to give ‘legislative consent’ for the proposed Brexit, reports the BBC.
The SNP leader said:
Would there have to be a legislative consent motion for the legislation that extricates the UK from the European Union?
Looking at it from a logical perspective, I find it hard to believe that there wouldn’t be that requirement – I suspect that the UK government will take a very different view on that.
Mrs Sturgeon added that if the Scottish Parliament was judging this on the basis of what’s right for Scotland then the option of not voting for something that’s against Scotland’s interest is ‘on the table’.
However, Scottish Conservative MSP and law professor Adam Tomkins said Scottish MPs (MSPs) had ‘no such power’.
Lots of nonsense on here about Holyrood having power to block or veto Brexit. It has no such power.
— Adam Tomkins MSP (@ProfTomkins) June 26, 2016
Holyrood has the power to show or to withhold its consent. But withholding consent is not the same as blocking.— Adam Tomkins MSP (@ProfTomkins) June 26, 2016
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has also spoken out, rejecting claims that either her parliament or Holyrood could block Brexit.
Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mrs Sturgeon said her challenge is to ‘protect Scotland’s interests’ stressing she would try to prevent Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will with all of the ‘deeply damaging and painful consequences that would entail’.
She also revealed that the best way forward for Scotland, in her opinion, could be a repeat of the independence referendum with a new survey showing 59 per cent of Scots are now in favour of breaking away from the UK.
The UK that Scotland voted to remain within in 2014 doesn’t exist any more and this is a case of how do we best protect the stability and the interests of Scotland.
We’re in unchartered territory, not because of choices Scotland has made but because of choices that have been made elsewhere.
Either way, Scotland has a massive role to play in the political landscape in the very near future.