The Scottish and Welsh governments said on Tuesday they introduce bills into their parliaments aimed at keeping regional powers that come back from Brussels after Brexit, in a move that could complicate British plans to leave the EU, Reuters reported.
Leaders in Wales and Scotland have outlined plans to unilaterally protect their own powers after Brexit, setting the scene for a potential clash with the Westminster government.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon said they would ask their respective devolved assemblies to consider passing legislation to ensure powers coming back from Brussels after Brexit do not get usurped by London.
Both assemblies must give legislative consent to the UK Government’s Brexit plans but are threatening to withhold it, which could spark a constitutional crisis.
The current provisions of the EU Withdrawal Bill would see powers over devolved matters, such as farming and fishing, returned to Whitehall instead of to the devolved assemblies after Brexit, prompting strong opposition from the governments in Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Welsh and Scottish leaders have proposed a solution that would see the powers returned to the devolved governments, which would then agree not to use them until a UK-wide policy had been agreed with the government in Westminster. Government ministers have so far refused to accept the proposal.
The Scottish challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May’s authority comes after her government indicated on Monday it would go no further in offering concessions to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in reaching the agreement over the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.