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Scottish Parliament could have the power to block Brexit, Theresa May reveals

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The Scottish Parliament could effectively be given a veto over Britain's departure from the European Union, it has emerged.

Theresa May revealed that Holyrood may have to pass a so-called "legislative consent motion" in order for the Government's Great Repeal Bill to become law at Westminster.

The bill is aimed at ending the authority of EU law in the UK by transferring all Brussels legislation onto the Commons statute book.

It is one of eight Brexit bills contained in the Queen's Speech.

In the Commons this afternoon, SNP MP Stewart McDonald asked Mrs May "if a legislative consent motion will be required for the Scottish Parliament for the Great Repeal Bill".

The Prime Minister said: "There is a possibility that a legislative consent motion may be required in the Scottish Parliament, but that is a matter that is being considered currently between the Westminster and the Scottish government."

Scots voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, while pro-Remain parties have a clear majority at Holyrood.

The prospect of Scotland effectively having a veto over Brexit will enrage Leave supporters and has the potential to spark a full-blown constitutional crisis.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister pleaded with MSPs not to vote against the Great Repeal Bill.

He said: "We would hope that everyone would get behind delivering on the will of the British people."

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