Scotland seeks to block Brexit talks without its approval

Tracy FergusonNov 10, 2016

Earlier, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish government would apply to intervene in the legal case about Article 50, which could further complicate matters.

The EU's other 27 members have said that negotiations about the terms of the UK's exit - due to last two years - can not begin until Article 50 has been invoked.

Britain's top court has set four days starting December 5 for the government's appeal against a ruling that requires the parliament's approval to trigger the Brexit process.

Triggering Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty "will inevitably deprive Scottish people and Scottish businesses of rights and freedoms which they now enjoy", said Nicola Sturgeon, the country's First Minister.

The statement emphasized that Scotland was not attempting to veto the process of leaving the European Union but that Scotland's parliament should not be "brushed aside".

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The legal action was brought by several residents who challenged the legality of the government utilizing Article 50 of the Libson Treaty that triggers Britain's exit from the bloc without consulting parliament. The government said it would appeal the decision.

"This timetable remains consistent with our aim to trigger Article 50 by the end of March next year", he said, referring to the formal step to begin negotiations with the EU.

"As a matter of politeness, fairness and respect, before we get into matters of law which are not for me to determine, it is inconceivable the UK Government will try to ignore the Scottish Government".

He said: "After all the questions that we have heard, I am slightly surprised that my right hon".

"What the Government is focused on is taking its case to the Supreme Court and we're confident that we can win that case".

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David Davis, minister for exiting the European Union, confirmed the government would appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court in early December but told the House of Commons there would be no second referendum and "no going back".

It comes after a shock High Court ruling that Theresa May didn't have the right to formally start the process of quitting the European Union without letting MPs vote on it first.

Instead, she meant to do "everything we can to influence the government's approach to Brexit" and ensure Scotland continued to benefit from its relationship with the EU. "Every one of us voted for the best country and the best future".

"Naturally, there are different standpoints around the table, but the meeting was constructive and amicable", Davis said in a statement after the meeting.

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