January 17, 2018
Latest News

May, Scottish leader fail to agree on Brexit bill

London, Nov 14 (efe-epa).- Scotland cannot support the Brexit bill now under consideration in the UK Parliament, the Scottish first minister said here Tuesday after meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"While we didn't reach agreement, I think we developed a better understanding of each others' positions," Nicola Sturgeon said following what she described as a "constructive and cordial" discussion with May at 10 Downing Street.

Debate began Tuesday in the House of Commons on the European Union Withdrawal Bill put forward by the Conservative government, but the process is expected to last until late next month, as individual members have proposed hundreds of amendments.

The administrations in Scotland and Wales, both of which enjoy a wide degree of autonomy, have expressed fears that the bill in its current form would bolster the power of the central government at their expense.

In Tuesday's talks, according to May's office, "the Prime Minister reiterated that as powers are repatriated from Brussels back to Britain there will be a significant increase in the decision-making powers for the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations."

But those assurances did not appear to have convinced Sturgeon.

"I made very clear, as the Scottish Government has done consistently, that the Withdrawal Bill as it stands would not be acceptable and we would not be able to recommend approval of that," the first minister said.

"That remains the position, but hopefully having had the opportunity to air the concerns that we have in more detail, we will be able to see progress in the weeks to come," Sturgeon said.

"We oppose Brexit, but we understand withdrawal legislation is necessary, so we want to find agreement," the Scottish leader said.

By large majorities, voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland opted for the "Remain" position in the June 2016 referendum on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, but that was not enough to overcome the weight of the "Leave" vote in England and Wales.

Asked whether she and May discussed the possibility of holding a second referendum on Scottish independence, Sturgeon said the independence question would remain on hold until the "details" of Brexit become clear.

The first referendum, held in September 2014, saw the pro-independence side lost by a margin of 55 percent to 44 percent.

News history
At least 9 people killed in police firing in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Bangkok Desk, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- At least nine people were confirmed dead on Wednesday and 12 others injured during overnight clashes with police trying to...

Thai court dismisses lese majeste charges against historian

Bangkok, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- A Thai military court Wednesday withdrew lese majeste charges against a historian, who had questioned the authenticity of a...

Seoul, Pyongyang start second high-level meeting on Winter Olympics

Seoul, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- South and North Korea began their second high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss North Korea's participation in the Winter...

Japanese state broadcaster apologizes for false missile alert

Tokyo, Jan 17 (efe-epa).- The Japanese state broadcaster NHK apologized Wednesday after mistakenly sending a news alert on Tuesday stating that North Korea...

North Korean nuclear weapons not acceptable, US says

Toronto, Canada, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The United States' Secretary of State said Tuesday that the US will not accept North Korea's nuclear weapons, and...

Allied countries say they are not seeking regime change in North Korea

Toronto, Canada, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The 20 countries meeting Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada, to discuss the North Korea crisis said at the end of the summit...

Victims say they had suicidal thoughts after Nassar's sexual abuse

International Sports Desk, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- At least 98 of the more than 100 athletes and former athletes that were sexually abused by a sports physician...

Chile seizes $2.2 million in drugs on Bolivian truck, arrests 3

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Chile's National Customs Service seized a tractor-trailer coming from Bolivia carrying narcotics valued at $2.2 million in the...

Trump in excellent health but wants to lose weight, doctor says

Washington, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump is in excellent health and has no cognitive problems, though he wants to lose between 10 and 15...

Bipartisan group of senators to reveal immigration bill on Wednesday

Washington, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, a member of the negotiating group for an immigration agreement in the upper house, said Tuesday...

Pope observes drama of children living in Chilean prison with convict mothers

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis was told by some female inmates of the torment of either having to raise their children in prison or never being...

EFE president: Truthful reporting helps improve Spain-Russia relations

Moscow, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- EFE president Jose Antonio Vera said Tuesday that Spain's international news agency can contribute to improving relations between...

Former Trump aide Bannon subpoenaed in Russia probe

Washington, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been called to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation...

Colombian authorities resume recovery of bodies after bridge collapse

Bogota, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Emergency organizations on Tuesday resumed work to recover the bodies of five of the nine people killed when a highway bridge...

Catalan separatists seek to restore ousted regional leader

Barcelona, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The pro-independence parties that control the Catalan parliament announced Tuesday that they will propose to restore ousted...

Venezuelan gov't confirms death of rebel police officer Oscar Perez

Caracas, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol on Tuesday confirmed the death of Oscar Perez, the police officer who had rebelled...

US, Kazakhstan embrace closer ties

Washington, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump and Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev agreed here Tuesday to expand bilateral cooperation...

Thousands of Asuncion residents battle floods from Paraguay River

Asuncion, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Residents of the BaƱados district on the banks of the overflowing Paraguay River continue to battle the waters that since...

Iran denounces US "conspiracy" against Syria

Tehran, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The Iranian president said Tuesday that the US government's initiative to create a largely Kurdish border force in northeastern...

Chilean police disperse protesters during Pope Francis's visit

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- About 20 people were arrested Tuesday when police broke up demonstrations against Pope Francis's visit to Chile, officials said.

Czech PM faces fresh setback as lawmakers block government investiture

Vienna, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The Czech government led by a billionaire populist candidate on Tuesday had its investiture bid rejected by 116 of the 200 lower...

Pope Francis meets with Chilean President Bachelet and her mother

Santiago, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis had a private meeting Tuesday with President Michele Bachelet in the La Moneda palace's Blue Hall and was...

Willing to be part of official discussions for Rohingya repatriation, says UN

Geneva, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Tuesday it was willing to be part of the official talks that...

Danish prosecutor charges submarine inventor with Swedish journalist's murder

Copenhagen, Jan 16 (efe-epa).- Denmark's prosecutor on Tuesday brought criminal homicide charges against an eccentric engineer and inventor who is suspected...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.