Scotland to Hold Parliament Vote on ‘Catastrophic’ Brexit PlanBy
Edinburgh legislature can’t stop Article 50 being triggered
First Minister Sturgeon builds argument of democratic deficit
Scotland is taking its protest against Brexit to the next level with lawmakers in Edinburgh voting on whether to trigger the mechanism to leave the European Union.
The Scottish Parliament will debate the motion from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s government that a bill currently making its way though the U.K. legislature shouldn’t proceed without regional consultation. In that vote, only one of the 59 members of parliament representing Scotland backed the plan to invoke Article 50 to quit the EU.
“It’s a chance for our national parliament to reaffirm the voice of the people of Scotland and make clear that, as a nation, we oppose the catastrophic hard Brexit now being pursued,’’ Sturgeon said in a statement ahead of the debate.
Scotland is threatening to hold another referendum on independence should it be dragged out of the single market against its will. While the vote on Tuesday can’t stop Britain or even Scotland leaving the EU, it adds to Sturgeon’s argument that her nation is being sidelined democratically.
Sturgeon, who is also leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, needs the support. Polls currently suggest the result of another independence vote would mirror the one in 2014, when Scots decided 55 percent to 45 percent to remain in the U.K.