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Scotland: Holyrood rejects Brexit plan

In a symbolic, non-binding vote, Scotland's parliament overwhelmingly rejects the UK government's plan to exit the EU.

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Scotland: Holyrood rejects Brexit plan

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In a symbolic, non-binding vote in Holyrood, Scotland’s devolved parliament overwhelmingly rejected UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to exit the EU.

The majority of the Scottish electorate voted to remain in the bloc in last year’s in-out referendum.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly pushed for her nation’s interests to be taken into consideration during the Brexit negotiations.

But last month (January, 2017) the Supreme Court ruled there was no legal need for Scotland’s parliament to give its consent to the triggering of Article 50, beginning divorce proceedings from the EU.

Last week (January 31), Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party attempted to block the bid to formally begin the exit process.

It says the UK government is not complying with a pledge to consider Scottish proposals regarding Brexit.

The Holyrood vote, which argued that too many questions were left unanswered was backed by 90 to 34.