Michael Russell SNP

Scotland’s Brexit minister warns Theresa May risks a “constitutional crisis” if the PM doesn’t back down on plans to push through Brexit bill without the consent of Scottish parliament.
The Scottish parliament voted by 93 votes to 30 to refuse to consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill, but May reportedly plans to push it through parliament anyway.
He said such a move would “show that Theresa May is not committed to the constitution as it exists.”
I think there’s a very substantial lack of trust in this relationship which has been created by Theresa May and the way in which she’s operated,” he added.

LONDON — The UK risks a full-blown “constitutional crisis” if Westminster doesn’t back down on its plans to push its Brexit bill through parliament without Scotland’s consent, the Scottish Brexit minister has told Business Insider.

Under the Sewel Convention the UK government must first seek the consent of the Scottish parliament for actions that would normally be devolved to the Scottish administration. This convention has held for decades but is non-binding and May’s government is technically able to override any refusal to give consent.

However, Michael Russell, minister for Scotland’s place in Europe, told Business Insider on Wednesday that doing so would spark a “constitutional crisis” and “show that Theresa May is not committed to the constitution as it exists.”

“The relationship is at a pretty low ebb,” Russell told BI.

“I think there’s a very substantial lack of trust in this relationship which has been created by Theresa May and the way in which she’s operated,”

“I think there’s a very substantial lack of trust in this relationship which has been created by Theresa May and the way in which she’s operated,”

he added.

“It would show an extreme type of British nationalism if it can’t accommodate the constitution of the country.”

Russell spoke to BI after …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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