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UPDATE 1-Scotland and Wales say UK government is stealing devolved powers with new bill

Wed, 9th Sep 2020 06:52

(Adds Scotland)

LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Scotland and Wales said the
British government's internal market bill, which a minister
admitted breaks international law over Brexit, will undermine
the United Kingdom by stealing powers from Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland.

Britain will set out new details of its blueprint for life
outside the European Union on Wednesday, publishing legislation
a government minister acknowledged would break international law
in a "limited way" and which could sour trade talks.

"The Tory power grab bill represents the biggest threat to
devolution in decades, and would enable Westminster to overrule
the democratic will of the Scottish Parliament," SNP Westminster
Leader Ian Blackford MP said.

"It's no wonder that the majority for independence is at
record levels," he added.

Wales said the bill would sacrifice the union that ties the
different parts of the United Kingdom together.

"Let me be clear – the UK government plans to sacrifice the
future of the union by stealing powers from devolved
administrations," Jeremy Miles, Wales' counsel general and
minister for European transition, said of the bill which will be
published on Wednesday.

"This bill is an attack on democracy and an affront to the
people of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, who have voted
in favour of devolution on numerous occasions."
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Sarah Young)

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