Nicola Sturgeon to meet Theresa May over Brexit row

From BBC - March 13, 2018

The prime minister has said she is determined to end the deadlock with the devolved governments over Brexit.

Theresa May will hold meetings with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Welsh counterpart Carwyn Jones at Downing Street later.

The three have been at loggerheads over what happens to powers in devolved areas when they return from Brussels after Brexit.

Ms Sturgeon said she did not expect a deal to be reached at the meeting.

The UK government recently proposed the "vast majority" of powers returned from the EU would go straight to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast rather than Westminster.

But it would retain control in 24 areas, at least in the short term.

It says this would be necessary to avoid different parts of the UK having different rules and regulations for things like food hygiene and health and safety when it leaves the EU.

But the Scottish and Welsh governments say it would effectively give Westminster a veto over some devolved responsibilities.

A series of meetings between the UK government and devolved administrations has so far failed to find a solution, although all parties agree that progress has been made in recent weeks.

Mrs May will hold talks with Ms Sturgeon and Mr Jones as part of a Joint Ministerial Committee meeting at Downing Street in bid to secure a breakthrough.

'Democratic dividend'

She said she would be making clear her commitment to a deal that "brings our country together, protects the security and prosperity of all our communities and business sectors, and reinforces our Union of nations".

Mrs May added: "I am determined to secure a settlement that delivers an unprecedented democratic dividend for the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while protecting and preserving the precious Union that is at the heart of our past, present and future success."

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