May 15, 2018 11:39 am
Updated: May 15, 2018 12:05 pm

Scottish parliament votes against U.K.’s Brexit legislation, complicating London’s plan to leave EU

An anti-Brexit protester waves EU and Union flags and holds up a placard opposite the Houses of Parliament, on a sunny day in London, May 8, 2018.

Reuters/Hannah McKay

LONDON – Scotland’s parliament has rejected the British government’s key Brexit bill, creating another headache for Prime Minister Theresa May‘s plans for leaving the European Union.

Lawmakers in the Edinburgh legislature passed a motion Tuesday refusing to consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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The bill is designed to implement Brexit by translating all EU law into British statute when the U.K. leaves the bloc.

Scotland’s governing Scottish National Party thinks the bill could undermine the Edinburgh government by letting London seize too many powers being returned from Brussels.

Scotland’s parliament doesn’t have the authority to block the legislation, but an attempt to push it through without Scottish consent could prompt a constitutional crisis.

Britain as a whole voted in June 2016 to leave the EU, but Scotland voted to remain.

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