Brexit Minister urges MSPs to back changes to repeal bill

The Scottish government is set to scrap the public sector pay cap

The Scottish government is set to scrap the public sector pay cap

The First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones described it as a "naked power grab" because it does not immediately return European Union powers to devolved administrations and said they would withhold legislative consent from the Bill as it stands.

Mundell said that the bill was "transitional" and that new powers could be transferred to Holyrood after Brexit had been carried out.

Now, Scotland's Brexit Minister Michael Russell has written to all MSPs seeking support for the Scottish Government's position.

THE CONTROVERSY over potential Westminster centralisation of power has been sharpened by the publication of plans for a Brexit bill that lacks plans for the transfer of powers to devolved administrations. He confirmed the United Kingdom government's intention to forbid Scotland...

In his letter, Mr Russell highlights concerns that the bill enables UK-wide frameworks on devolved matters to be "imposed" by the UK Government rather than "agreed" with the devolved administrations.

Independence 'inevitable' without switch to federalism

The UK government said it expected the outcome of the process to be "a significant increase in the decision-making power of each devolved administration".

A spokesman added: "We welcome the Scottish and Welsh governments recognising common frameworks may be needed in some areas".

"Before the European Union referendum, the Leave campaign repeatedly said that significant new powers would automatically come to the Scottish Parliament - and David Mundell and others have repeatedly assured us since the vote that more powers will be coming to the Scottish Parliament - so where are they?"

Scottish Liberal Democrat business manager Mike Rumbles said the Bill is a "huge executive power" grab and said his party would work with others to protect devolution.

The UK government has also previously rejected Ms Sturgeon's calls for the Scottish government to be involved in the Brexit talks.

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