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Summary

  1. The first minister is grilled by opposition leaders and backbenchers
  2. The Scottish government leads a debate on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

That's all from Holyrood Live

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That's all from Holyrood Live on 1 March 2018.

As much of Scotland remains gripped by the extremely snowy conditions the first minister issues a warning not to travel, stressing people risk becoming stranded.

Nicola Sturgeon thanks emergency workers, those on the transport network, volunteers, and the public for their work and patience over the past few days.

This is echoed by all the opposition party leaders.

She calls on everyone to look out for the vulnerable in this severe weather.

That's all from me, take care and have a safe weekend.

MSPs agree to the timetable for the scrutiny of the continuity bill

MSPs
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MSPs agree to the timetable for the scrutiny of the continuity bill, with 86 MSPs voting for it and with 27 against.

BreakingMSPs vote continuity bill to be treated as an emergency bill

Mike Russell
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Labour MSP Neil Findlay ask if recess will be cancelled, Mr Russell says he hopes Mr Findlay's trips to exotic parts need not be cancelled.

Brexit Minister Mike Russell says he would prefer not to be embroiled in this "nonsense of a process" and says we are where we are.

MSPs vote that the continuity bill should be treated as an emergency bill, with 86 MSPs voting for that and with 27 against.

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'It is an emergency'

Brexit Miniser Mike Russell
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Brexit Miniser Mike Russell

Brexit Miniser Mike Russell says: "There is an emergency, there is not doubt about that."

Mr Russell says the government has shown extraordinary restraint in negotiations with the UK government and says there is still no amendment from Theresa May to the EU Withdrawal Bill's Clause 11.

"I'm concerned about scrutiny."

He says he wants the scrutiny to be as detailed as possible.

'The bill is not remotely an emergency'

Tory MSP Donald Cameron
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Tory MSP Donald Cameron

Tory MSP Donald Cameron says: "The bill is not remotely an emergency, it cannot have affect until the UK leaves the EU."

Mr Cameron says that was the core of the Lord Advocates argument made yesterday in the chamber.

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie intervenes saying the only people having fun are "expensively educated idiots like Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson".

The presiding officer steps in to gently chastise Mr Harvie, seemingly with little effect.

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie
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Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie

The Green MSP replies: "I certainly offer those gentlemen the respect they deserve."

"That's quite enough," says Ken Macintosh and does not allow the intervention.

Mr Cameron regrets accepting the intervention from Mr Harvie and goes on to call on MSPs to urge against the motion.

Labour MSP says 'rushed piece of legislation' may end up in the Supreme Court

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Labour MSP Claire Baker

Labour MSP Claire Baker says: "This is a bill that we wish was not before us."

Ms Baker says, make no mistake, it is down to the Conservatives that we are here today.

She cites the disagreement between the presiding officer and the Lord Advocate and says this "rushed piece of legislation" may end up in the Supreme Court.

Background: PO believes continuity bill outwith Holyrood's legislative competence

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Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh made it clear that he did not believe the Scottish bill fell within Holyrood's legislative competence.

In a written statement on Tuesday, he raised concerns that the legislation might fall foul of EU law.

Mr Macintosh said the bill "anticipates the impact of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union", and as such "assumes that the parliament can make provision now for the exercise of powers which it is possible the parliament will acquire in the future".

Background: Law, politics and Scotland's Brexit continuity bill

Brian Taylor

BBC Scotland Political Editor

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When framing the law, one must consider legal matters. When governing the people, one must also consider matters of wider policy. In short, politics.

Both aspects are salient in the latest round of bargaining anent Brexit and the associated devolved powers.

You will recall that the controversy concerns 111 powers - such as agriculture and the environment - which are devolved to Scotland within the UK but are presently run in part by the European Union.

You will recall that the UK government originally said that, post Brexit, these powers should all revert to London, initially, for subsequent distribution following consultation.

You will recall that the Scottish government replied bluntly: "Aye. Right." You will recall that the devolved government in Wales said much the same. In Welsh. Northern Ireland governance is currently silent on these and other matters.

Talks between the two sides earlier this month ended without any deal being agreed
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Talks between the two sides earlier this month ended without any deal being agreed

'For many of us leaving the EU is an emergency'

Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott
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Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott

Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says today is about the process and the scrutiny of continuity bill.

Before that, Mr Scott posits: "Just one thing Mr Tomkins, for many of us leaving the EU is an emergency."

He says this legislation must be srutinised properly and fully.

The timetable is incredibly tight, he says, adding his party want to take Stage 2 for the continuity bill is taken in committee.

'This bill is absolutely necessary as a response to the Brexit crisis'

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvi
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Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie

Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie says: "This bill is absolutely necessary as a response to the Brexit crisis."

Mr Harvie calls on MSPs to back the Scottish government motion at decison time.

He says the UK government's EU Withdrawl Bill is a direct assault on the deovlution settlement.

Labour MSP expresses 'very serious reservations and concerns'

Neil Findlay
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Labour MSP Neil Findlay says the public have the right to be consulted on legislation that will affect them, but in this case that will not happen.

At best there will be a truncated process for scrutiny of the continuity bill, he says.

He asks why there is such a rush and expresses very serious reservations and concerns about the legislation.

We want Stage 2 to take place as normal in the committee setting."

He accuses David Mundell and Ruth Davidson of "ratting on" their commitments.

'We are being asked to consider in haste' the continuity bill

Mr Tomkins says: "We are being asked to consider in haste legislation the Scottish government does not understand."

He says no thank you.

Background: Lord Advocate defends Scottish Brexit 'continuity' bill

Scotland's Lord Advocate has defended the "continuity bill" brought forward by ministers as part of an ongoing row over post-Brexit powers.

Holyrood's presiding officer has said the bill falls outwith the Scottish Parliament's remit.

But top lawyer James Wolffe said the bill was "carefully framed" to be in line with UK and EU law.

Clockwise: The Lord Advocate, David Davis, the presiding officer and Mike Russell
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Clockwise: The Lord Advocate, David Davis, the presiding officer and Mike Russell

The government intends to press ahead with the legislation even without the backing of the presiding officer.

MSPs will discuss proceeding with the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill as an Emergency Bill on Thursday.

This is an unprecedented move - a government bill has never before gone forward without the support of the presiding officer, and a bill has never received Royal Assent under these circumstances.

Tory MSP says continuity bill is 'unwelcome, it is unnessary and it is dangerous'

Adam Tomkins
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The Tory MSP says the continuity bill is "unwelcome, it is unnessary and it is dangerous".

Tory MSP says there is no emergency

Tory MSP Adam Tomkins says the core problem with the motion is that there is no emergency.

Mr Tomkins says there is a year and a month to legislate according to the Lord Advocate, whereas the Brexit minister says there is just three weeks.

He says emergency legislation must avoided wherever possible.

"The SNP are treating this pariament with disdain."

Brexit Minister calls for the continuity bill to be treated as an emergency bill.

Mr Russell says it is quite obvious that emergency legisaltion is required.

"I'm confident this parliament can give the bill the scrutiny it needs."

The Brexit minister says he will ensure the briefing material required for this legisaltion will be available.

He says the government stands ready to help the parliament with the scrutiny of this bill.

The Brexit Minister calls for the continuity bill to be treated as an emergency bill.

Mike Russell
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Scotland and Brexit: What is the continuity bill?

Analysis from BBC Scotland political reporter Philip Sim

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Scottish ministers have published a "continuity bill" as the latest feature of their ongoing row with the UK government over post-Brexit powers. What is the continuity bill, how would it work, and what might happen next?

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  • What is the background to this row?
  • Where does the continuity bill come in?
  • How would it work?
  • Is this legal?
  • What is the procedure from here?
  • How could this end?

All these questions are answered here by our esteemed colleague Philip Sim.

Russell says without continuity bill Scottish government would be defenceless

MIke Russell
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Mr Russell says an emergency timetable is necessary and he says the Welsh and Scottish government's both saught to avoid having to introduce continuity bills.

The Brexit minister says the timetable for the continuity bills is being driven by Westminster.

He says without the continuity bill the Scottish government would be defenceless and without options.

The Brexit minister calls for a united Scottish voice.

Background: Scottish government publishes alternative Brexit bill

Scottish ministers have tabled their own alternative to the EU Withdrawal Bill at Holyrood.

The Scottish and UK governments are locked in a dispute over sections of the Westminster bill relating to devolved powers.

A continuity bill has been introduced at Holyroodas a stop-gap solution if MSPs do not consent to the UK bill.

However, the presiding officer has not backed the move, saying it is not for Holyrood to legislate on.

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Scottish ministers "respectfully disagree", and are to press ahead with the legislation anyway.

The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill has now been formally introduced at Holyrood.

It is an alternative to the EU Withdrawal Bill, focused on devolved matters, to be used in the event that MSPs do not give their consent to the Westminster legislation.

The Scottish government says there was still scope for a deal to be agreed with Westminster, but has rejected the current offer from UK ministers.

Brexit minister says he is keen to see maximum scrutiny of the continuity bill

Brexit Minister Mike Russell says parliament is rightly sparing in giving its approval to emergency legislation.

Mr Russell says he is keen to see maximum scrutiny of the continuity bill.

Mike Russell
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The Brexit minister leads a debate on the EU continuity bill

Deputy First Minister John Swinney signed the bill alongside Mr Russell
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Deputy First Minister John Swinney signed the bill alongside Mr Russell

Brexit Minister Mike Russell will now lead a debate calling on the parliament to agree the UK Withdrawawl from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an emergency bill.

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Background: Drug alert as six 13-year-olds fall ill

Crosshouse Hospital
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Six 13-year-olds from Ayrshire have been treated in hospital overnight after a suspected drug incident.

The children were all reported to be unwell at about 18:25 on Saturday. They were taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock and kept in overnight.

Police have said the children knew each other and may have taken a form of the drug MDMA.

Officers have urged anyone else who becomes unwell after taking similar substances to seek medical help.

Read more.

Know the Score

The first minister says wishes all the children a speedy recovery and says anyone feeling similar symptoms should seek medical help urgently.

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson says the MDMA pills were red, green or brown bearing an owl logo.

The first minister says Poilce Scotland are encouraging parents to talk to their children about the danger of drugs and she points to the Know the Score website.

MDMA in Ayrshire

Kenneth Gibson
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SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson asks about the dangers of teenagers in Ayrshire ingesting substances purporting to be the drug, MDMA.

Labour MSP calls for Sturgeon to apology over cuts to nurse training places

Anas Sarwar
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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar says it was Nicola Sturgeon who cut the number of training places for nurses and says nursing vacancies are at record levels.

Mr Sarwar says the NHS workforce is overworked, undervalued and under resourced.

He calls for the first minister to apologise for cutting nursing training places.

The first minister says there has been an increase in the NHS workforce of 10% since the SNP came to power.

Call to retain EU nurses in Scotland

Clare Haughey
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SNP MSP Clare Haughey, a nurse herself, asks how we can retain EU nurses after Brexit.

Ms Sturgeon says to EU nationals that they are welcome an Scotland wants them to stay.

She calls for control of migration policy to be delivered to Holyrood.

Background: Nurse and midwife training places boosted by over 10%

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The Scottish government is is to fund about 360 extra training places for nurses and midwives in the next year.

The health secretary said nurses are at the core of new health care models and the Scottish government is doing all it can to boost recruitment.

Shona Robison said the 10.8% increase would take the number entering the profession from 3,360 to 3,724.

Ministers havepreviously committed to 2,600 new training places during the current parliament.

The new intake would boost student numbers to a record high of more than 12,000, Ms Robison said.

Read more here.

Sturgeon says government has committed to training an additional 2,600 nurses

The first minister says the government has committed to training an additional 2,600 nurses by the end of this parliament.

Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton pays tribute to the frontline staff who have battled through the weather to keep the NHS running.

Ms Hamilton says nursing vacancies have increased and calls for adequate workforce planning to address this.

The first miniser say there is no doubt staffing challenges have been exacerbated by Brexit.

She says staffing is at a record high in Scotland and criticises a 23% reduction in applications to nursing course in England.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Nurse training and recruitment

Rachael Hamilton
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Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton seeks information on action to train and recruit more nurses.

First minister says recommendation is that investment bank be publically owned

Ms Sturgeon says yesterday's announcement brought the establishment of a Scottish national investment bank one step closer.

The first minister says the recommendatons are the investment bank will be publically owned.

Nicola Sturgeon
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