EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s devolved parliament will hold its own vote on Britain’s European Union withdrawal deal before any such agreement is put to Britain’s national parliament, Scottish constitution minister Michael Russell said on Thursday.
A Scottish parliamentary vote would not be binding on the UK parliament but would potentially embarrass Prime Minister Theresa May, underscoring the low in relations between London and Edinburgh over Brexit and potentially feeding Scottish nationalism.
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Britain voted overall 52-48 percent to leave the EU in 2016 but Scotland, one of its four nations, voted 62-38 percent to stay in the EU.
Britain is due to leave the EU in March and ministers say a deal is close. But Brexit talks are stalled due to a disagreement over the border between British province Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland, and hampered by internal wrangling in May’s minority government.
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