Sturgeon's bid for more power over Brexit negotiations has been dealt a fresh blow
The SNP-led clause was defeated by 332 votes to 62 – a majority of 270.
In yet more bad news for Sturgeon and the SNP, The Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Irish Assembly will not be given an additional month to debate Theresa May’s Brexit plan before Article 50 is triggered.
The news comes as ministers comfortably saw off four opposition attempts to amend the Article 50 bill with the Prime Minister’s Brexit plans still on track.
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With all amendments comfortably voted down, the Government has been given fresh hope over pushing the bill through the Common without any amendments.
As well as there SNP amendment, there were two Labour amendments, on parliamentary oversight nd consulting devolved bodes, as well as a Plaid Cymru call for report on the impact of Brexit on Wales.
SNP leader in Westminster Angus Robertson pictured in the Commons on Monday
Earlier on Monday evening, the SNP’s Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh moved her party’s amendments because the Prime Minister’s introduction to the white paper on Brexit describes the UK as one nation, while Ms Ahmed-Sheikh believed it should be referred to as four nations.
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg hit back immediately, asking if this clause would effectively give Sturgeon a veto on triggering Article 50.
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
In response, Ahmed-Sheikh referred to an earlier statement from Theresa May, who said in July last year: “I have already said that I won’t be triggering article 50 until I think that we have a UK approach and objectives for negotiations.”
The devolved nations were dealt another fresh blow when an amendment from Labour was also voted down by MPs by a majority of 57.
Sturgeon and the PM met with other leaders of the devolved governments in Cardiff last week
Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman led calls for Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish leaders to be regularly consulted on the negotiations before any agreements are made with the EU.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling that the Government did not require permission from the devolved nations before triggering Article 50, Ms Chapman still pushed for more control for the devolved nations over Brexit negotiations.
She said: "Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales must be included and taken account of throughout the process by which the UK Government negotiates our terms of withdrawal from the European Union, and equally importantly the framework for our future relationship with the EU."
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