Scottish parliament rejects Britain's EU withdrawal bill May 16, 2018 0 56 12345 AFPEDINBURGHTHE Scottish parliament on Tuesday formally rejected legislation for taking Britain out of the EU, in an unprecedented move that sets the scene for a constitutional crisis.Lawmakers in the devolved Edinburgh assembly voted by 93 to 30 to refuse"legislative consent"for the highly-contested European Union (Withdrawal) Bill currently being debated by the British parliament.British Prime Minister Theresa May is under no obligation to amend her Brexit plan in response to Holyrood's objection. However, experts warn that confrontation between London and Edinburgh could push Scotland towards independence.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the secessionist Scottish National Party (SNP), said Britain was heading into"uncharted constitutional territory".The dispute centres on who will have control of powers currently residing in Brussels, such as over farming and fisheries, once Britain leaves the EU.Scotland's SNP government wants such powers to be under Scottish control, while the Conservative British government argues they should reside in London, at least initially.Michael Russell, the Scottish government's chief Brexit negotiator, said any attempt to use Brexit to restrict the powers of the Scottish parliament"will be noted here and across Europe"."The UK government cannot ignore the reality of devolution or try to drown out what this parliament says,"he said."They cannot pretend that no motion has been passed."It will be the UK that would be breaking trust, and breaking the rules, not us."Russell has invited British cabinet minister David Lidington to Scotland for last-ditch cross-party talks to break the impasse.The SNP, Labour, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats all voted against consent, with only the Scottish Conservatives arguing the changes that have already been made to the bill go far enough to protect devolution.Scottish officials have accused May of a"power grab".The British government has accused Scottish opponents of"nit-picking"and has insisted it is trying to protect Britain's economic integrity by building a common framework throughout the country when Brussels regulations are handed over after Brexit.Sturgeon has rejected claims by May's Scottish Conservative allies that she is trying to"weaponise Brexit"to further her aim of Scottish independence. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Britain hopes to foster good ties with Turkey May 16, 2018 0 46 Facebook has not fully answered questions on data privacy: UK lawmakers May 16, 2018 0 416 Royal wedding plans in turmoil as Markle's dad 'pulls out' May 16, 2018 0 41 New Catalan leader seeks end of direct rule by Madrid REUTERS MADRID NEW Catalan leader Quim Torra on Tuesday called for an end to direct rule over the Catalan regional government by Madrid at a joint news conference held in Berlin with former regional leader Carles .. UK wrongly deported up to 63 Caribbean migrants: Minister LONDON British authorities could have wrongly deported up to 63 immigrants from the Caribbean, the new interior minister said on Tuesday in the latest revelation on the Windrush scandal that cost his predecessor her .. Bosnia struggles to cope with arrival of thousands of migrants SARAJEVO/BIHAC Bosnia is struggling to cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees, many of whom are sleeping in parks in the capital and other towns as they seek passage into western Europe. The .. German court dismisses Erdogan's appeal to ban mocking poem outright HAMBURG A German court on Tuesday rejected Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's appeal to ban outright a satirical poem recited by a comedian on German television, which had soured already-strained ties between .. More concessions to EU on court reforms would be difficult: Poland REUTERS WARSAW IT will be difficult for Poland to offer further concessions to the European Commission in a dispute over the country's judicial reforms, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Tuesday. The EU .. Greece says 'still far' from a deal on Macedonia name row REUTERS ATHENS/BRUSSELS GREECE said on Tuesday it was"far away"from resolving a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name despite progress in talks between the two neighbours on a matter that could make or break .. EU regrets Soros foundation's closure in Hungary AFP BRUSSELS THE European Union said on Tuesday it was"regrettable"that the foundation run by US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros was closing operations in Hungary, voicing fears that democracy would suffer. The ..