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MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the progress of the Scottish Government’s continuity bill which was passed by 95 votes to 32.


The bill is being introduced after the UK Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill was called “incompatible with the devolution settlement” by a cross-party Holyrood committee.


The Continuity Bill will come into effect if the Scottish Parliament decides not to consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill and will prevent what ministers have described as a “power grab.”


Mr Allan said it aims to ensure Scotland’s laws will still work properly on the day the UK leaves the EU.


Alasdair Allan criticised Conservative MSPs who attempted to “filibuster and sabotage” the legislation.


He said: “This bill is vital in protecting the Scottish Parliament's powers and is only going forward because the Tories are attempting a post-Brexit power-grab on Scotland.


“If the Tories’ Withdrawal Bill at Westminster continues to demonstrate a clear intention to diminish the powers of our parliament, every MSP who believes in the Scottish Parliament itself itself will have a duty to withhold consent. That is why this bill is so important – it prepares our statute books for life post-Brexit.


“I am opposed to leaving the EU in line with the majority of people in our islands, and across Scotland, but the Scottish Government has a duty to prepare our laws for Brexit.”

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