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Scottish Parliament Accuses Westminster of Brexit 'Power Grab'

  • Holyrood will say its powers must be protected after Brexit
  • Scottish government calls on U.K. to stay in single market

Scottish government ministers are set to tell their U.K. counterparts that the Scottish Parliament’s power must be protected to avoid undermining the foundations of devolution following Brexit.

In a meeting on Wednesday with the U.K. minister responsible for Scotland, David Mundell, and Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy, Damian Green, Scottish government ministers John Swinney and Michael Russell will tell the U.K. to “abandon their attempted power grab.”

“The U.K. government is pursuing an extreme Brexit which will damage jobs and the economy by forcing us out of the world’s biggest market-place,” Russell, Scotland’s Brexit minister, said in a statement. “That’s why we are urging them to change course and stay inside the European Single Market.”

Scotland voted to remain in Europe in last year’s referendum and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has since called on the U.K. government to prioritize continued access to the single market. The Scottish government says the EU withdrawal bill would see Westminster take control of significant areas of devolved policy, like farming, environmental protection and control of the seas.

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