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SNP demands Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales treated as 'equal partners'

The SNP has demanded Prime Minister Theresa May treat the devolved administrations "as equal partners" in the Brexit process, following the Supreme Court ruling that Parliament must give its approval on triggering Article 50.

The Scottish nationalists plan to bring "serious and substantive" amendments to the Article 50 legislation, with international affairs spokesman Alex Salmond saying these would "address the very serious concerns facing the UK and the very real issues that the UK Government has, thus far, avoided".

Mr Salmond, speaking from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, said: "We welcome the Supreme Court's decision and hope that their ruling brings this Tory Government back to the reality that they cannot simply bypass elected parliamentarians to fulfil their role in carrying out due and proper scrutiny of one of the biggest decisions facing the UK.

"The Prime Minister and her hard Brexit brigade must treat devolved administrations as equal partners - as indeed she promised to do.

"For over six months the concerns surrounding a hard Tory Brexit have been echoing throughout the land and yet the Prime Minister has not listened.

"If Theresa May is intent on being true to her word that Scotland and the other devolved administrations are equal partners in this process, then now is the time to show it. Now is the time to sit with the Joint Ministerial Committee and not just casually acknowledge, but constructively engage. Consultation must mean consultation.

"Our amendments will address the very serious concerns facing the UK and the very real issues that the UK Government has, thus far, avoided."

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