Scottish Labour to vote against Brexit in Holyrood debate

British Prime Minister Theresa May has responded to the Scottish Parliament vote not to trigger Article 50 and start the Brexit process.

"We are working on a timescale now where Article 50 (which triggers Britain leaving the European Union) will be activated next month - that's the timescale when it will nearly certainly become clear whether there's going to be a referendum or not".

The Bill that is going through the House obviously is giving the power to the Government to trigger Article 50.

Speaking at the NFU Scotland conference on Tuesday (7 February), Ms Sturgeon said agriculture was a devolved issue, so only Scotland, and not Westminster, should determine its own policies as far as possible.

While most polls show that support for independence has barely moved from the 45 percent who backed it at in the 2014 referendum, a poll published on Wednesday showed that support for independence had risen to 49 percent.

Russell, Scotland's Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, said the Scottish Government will "never allow Scotland to be humiliated, and its democratic choice rejected, and we will never, ever, turn our back on Europe and the world".

Scottish Conservative leader spoke to STV News in October about a future Edinburgh Agreement and said Downing Street should think about its approach to any talks and "would be well served to be very clear about what they have to have in it". "The people that voted for us are Scottish voters, they expect us to stand up for Scotland", Russell said.

The UK Supreme Court ruled in January that a convention created to deter Westminster from imposing laws on Scotland carried no legal force, clearing the way for the UK Government to trigger Brexit without consulting Edinburgh.

Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has said a second independence referendum is now "highly likely", and allies have suggested it could be as early as 2018.

Scottish Labour has said it will vote against triggering Article 50, but will also will table a motion calling on the SNP not to use Brexit as an excuse for a second independence referendum.

Scotland was told it would be an "equal partner" in the British union if it rejected independence, which it did by 55 percent in a 2014 referendum.

Leader Kezia Dugdale has confirmed that while her party accepts the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, it opposes Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed terms. "The Scottish Conservatives will have no truck with them".

Mr Robertson accused the Prime Minister of failing to keep her promise of securing "an agreed UK-wide approach" before starting the Brexit process.

  • Rogelio Becker