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Scotland's Sturgeon vows to block a "hard Brexit"

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 01:00

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledges to hold a vote in Scotland's parliament on the triggering of Article 50 to kickstart official Brexit talks, despite the Supreme Court ruling that rejected arguments the UK's devolved administrations should have a say. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed a Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday (January 24) that Westminster lawmakers must approve the triggering of Article 50, which starts the formal Brexit process. Sturgeon said was disappointed the court rejected arguments that Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish devolved assemblies should have a say too. She said she would bring a motion of consent to Edinburgh's devolved assembly and pledged that Scottish National Party (SNP) members of the Westminster parliament would vote against triggering Article 50. "The prime minister set out last week the path towards the hardest of hard Brexits. I don't believe there is a majority for that in the House of Commons, I certainly don't believe there is a majority for that across the country," she said. She accused the UK government of ignoring Scotland's voice. "If we are now being told that Scotland's voice doesn't matter, that it will not be heard, that it will not be listened to, not just that it is not enforceable in court but it is not going to be politically listened to then that raises a really fundamental question for Scotland: Are we happy to allow our future to be dictated by a Westminster government with one MP in Scotland or is it time to take our future into our own hands," she said.

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Scotland's Sturgeon vows to block a "hard Brexit"

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 01:00