THERESA MAY’S Brexit strategy was in tatters last night as Nicola Sturgeon threatened to veto the bill which paves the way for withdrawal from the EU.
Scotland’s first minister (pictured) and her Welsh counterpart Carwyn Jones described the bill as a ‘naked power-grab’.
And, in a joint statement, they said their governments ‘cannot recommend that legislative consent is given to the bill as it currently stands’.
That consent is necessary for the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, published yesterday, to pass.
It is designed to transpose 20,000 pieces of EU legislation into UK law, but the statement said it ‘does not return powers from the EU to the devolved administrations, as promised. It returns them solely to the UK Government and Parliament, and imposes new restrictions on the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.’
In another blow to her plans, the prime minister was warned to expect a ‘guerrilla war’ over Brexit.
Mrs May wants to ditch a charter which underpins individual rights and freedoms. But Labour has said it will vote against the withdrawal bill unless it takes the European Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law.
And Tim Farron, outgoing leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: ‘The Government are facing a parliamentary version of guerilla warfare.’