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How Brexit could pose a risk to devolution

The Scottish and Welsh governments are refusing to give their consent to the EU withdrawal bill, setting the stage for a dramatic constitutional clash

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House in Edinburgh. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/PA Images

In her Mansion House speech last week, the prime minister stated that she “would not allow anything that would damage the integrity of our precious Union.” Yet the UK is divided over Brexit—and indeed the process of departure risks destabilising the devolution settlements in Scotland (which voted 62 per cent “Remain”) and Wales.

This risk was underlined last week when, dissatisfied with the approach taken in the UK government’s EU Withdrawal Bill (EUWB), the…

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