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Sturgeon sets Brexit collision course with Government

Sturgeon: Brexit bill is a Westminster power grab Credit: PA

The Government today published its Brexit Repeal Bill, but within minutes Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that she would try to block it.

In a joint statement the Scottish and Welsh governments said they cannot recommend that legislative consent is given to the Brexit Repeal Bill as it stands.

First ministers Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones described the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill as a "naked power-grab" that undermined the principles of devolution.<

UK Scottish Secretary David Mundell countered that the legislation would result in a powers "bonanza" for Holyrood and said he was confident that legislative consent would be forthcoming.

In their statement, Ms Sturgeon and Mr Jones said:

"The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill does not return powers from the EU to the devolved administrations, as promised. It returns them solely to the UK Government and Parliament, and imposes new restrictions on the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales. On that basis, the Scottish and Welsh governments cannot recommend that legislative consent is given to the Bill as it currently stands."

– First minister joint statement

Experts suggest the Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly do not have the power to block Brexit, but say that refusing legislative consent would be politically embarrassing.