Instead, MPs debated a memorandum on the Scottish Government`s opposition to the law, which states that “the best option for the UK as a whole and for Scotland is to remain in the EU, as the Scottish people have decided.” At Westminster, Scottish Minister Alister Jack was asked whether the UK government would “respect” the MSP`s rejection of the legislation. Patrick Harvie said there was “no way for the Scottish Greens to support this bill,” adding that “the unsted reality is natural, that the UK government, honestly, does not condemn whether the MSPs agree or not.” On 19 December 2019, the British government tabled the amended EU Bill (Withdrawal Agreement) in the House of Commons. The aim of the bill is to “implement the agreement between the UK and the EU, in accordance with Article 50, paragraph 2, of the Treaty on the European Union, which sets out the terms of the UK`s exit from the EU, and to adopt other provisions relating to the EU.” The bill and its accompanying explanations are available via the following link: Scottish Conservatives` defence of the constitution, Adam Tomkins, said the SNP had opposed the bill, whatever it had, adding: “You cannot be against a Brexit without a deal and at the same time be against any available agreement that would avoid it.” The Scottish and Welsh heads of state and government have written joint letters to the First Minister and the President of the European Council asking them to allow more time to consider the Brexit bill. services.parliament.uk/Bills/2019-20/europeanunionwithdrawalagreement/documents.html Scottish minister Alister Jack hinted that the bill would continue independently of this and said the UK government would “respect the democratic result” of the 2016 referendum. The British government wanted the MSP to give formal approval to the bill, but all parties that exclude the Conservatives ultimately opposed it. The Scottish government has long refused to introduce Brexit laws for approval votes at Holyrood, after the original EU withdrawal law came into force despite MSP`s opposition. Brexit: MEPs resume consideration of the PM`s withdrawal agreement “Both governments believe that the deal you negotiated with the EU will hurt Wales, Scotland and the UK even more than your predecessor`s previous unacceptable deal.” It is important that your government respects decentralisation, the legislative approval process and all approval decisions that the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly can make. On 20 December 2019, the Scottish Government presented a memorandum on the Legislative Consent (LCM) on the Law. The LCM is accessible via the link below: Appendix 1 lists the powers of the decentralised authorities with respect to points 12, 13 and 14 of the MCMs. This clearly shows that powers in the coordination of social security, recognition of professional qualifications and equal treatment cannot be used outside the decentralised jurisdiction in its current form. The definition of “legislative jurisdiction” for the exercise of these powers “avoids” the normal restriction of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly, which prevents them from legislating in a manner inconsistent with EU law (or which alters the law of the EU maintained). This non-application is necessary to enable the decurised authorities to adopt all necessary provisions within the framework of these powers.