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Can Scotland block Brexit?

Contrary to the arguments made over recent days, it has no legal right to. But devolved nations are not powerless altogether in the Brexit process—and the government will do well to remember that

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during FMQs at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

Can Scotland block Brexit? From the excitement issuing from some commentators, you’d be forgiven for thinking it could. Certainly, the UK government appears to have acknowledged that legislative consent will be required from the Scottish Parliament—not to mention the Welsh Parliament, and Stormont—to successfully complete its program to translate EU law into national law, via a series of Bills including the “Repeal Bill” (demoted from its former grandiose title of…

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