Scotland sees progress in Brexit talks with London but still objects to bill

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Posted: Oct 16, 2017 9:55 AM

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The Scottish executive has made progress in talks with Britain's central government towards the approval of new legislation following Brexit, a Scottish minister said on Monday, but more is needed for the new law to get backing from Edinburgh.

"We have been able to make some progress, including agreeing general principles that should ensure the role of the Scottish parliament in any potential UK- or GB-wide frameworks," said Michael Russell, Scotland's Brexit minister, in a statement.

He said he had pressed for "urgent certainty on a final decision on the rights of our fellow EU citizens after Brexit".

Russell said the Edinburgh executive remained unable to recommend to the Scottish parliament that it consent to the Brexit bill as currently drafted. The bill seeks to convert all existing EU laws into domestic ones as part of the British government's plan to provide legal clarity after Brexit.

(Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary; Writing by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Alison Williams)