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Summary

  1. MSPs take evidence on childcare from Auditor General Caroline Gardner and Childcare Minister Maree Todd.
  2. The lunchtime's member's debate marks UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  3. Social security, communities and equalities ministers are quizzed during portfolio questions
  4. MSPs debate the EU Continuity Bill for the final time

Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Holyrood Live is done for the day as the EU Continuity Bill is passed

    Scottish and EU flags

    That's all from Holyrood Live this evening on Wednesday 21 March.

    MSPs have voted to pass a Bill to prevent what Scottish ministers call a "power grab" by the UK government.

    The EU Continuity Bill will see EU law on devolved matters be brought into Scots law after Brexit.

    Brexit Minister Mike Russell sits amidst aplauding SNP MSPd
    Image caption: Brexit Minister Mike Russell sits amidst aplauding SNP MSPd

    The draft legislation was fast-tracked through the parliament amid a row on the legal competence of the Bill.

    The Scottish Conservatives and Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles opposed the Bill, leaving the final tally at 95 MSPs voting for the legislation and 32 against it.

  2. BreakingScottish EU Continuity Bill is passed

    Mike Russel and Brexit

    MSPs pass the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill.

    95 MSPs back it and 32 vote against.

  3. 'We will not go naked in the Wesminster negotiating chamber any longer'

    Brexit Minister Mike Russell
    Image caption: Brexit Minister Mike Russell

    Brexit Minister Mike Russell says today starts a new chapter in this story with the Scottish and Welsh parliaments arming themselves with an alternative to the way in which the UK government wishes to proceed.

    Mr Russell says: "We will not go naked in the Wesminster negotiating chamber any longer."

  4. There is 'no good Brexit' says minister

    Brexit Minister Mike Russell

    Brexit Minister Mike Russell says there is "no good Brexit" for agriculture, health, higher education, hospitality, the environment and employees.

    What can we do about this, he asks.

    Mr Russell calls for membership of the single market to be preserved and says Scotland rejected Brexit in 2016.

    We should not pretend Brexit would be good for Scotland, the minister argues.

    He accuses the UK government of attempting to roll back devolution.

  5. Bill is a 'constitutional and legal horror show of epic proportions' - Tory MSP

    Donald Cameron pays tribute to Mike Rumbles
    Image caption: Donald Cameron pays tribute to Mike Rumbles

    Tory MSP Donald Cameron says: "I would like to begin by paying tribute to the moving and principled speech of Mike Rumbles."

    Mr Cameron says this Bill is unnecessary and seeks to give power to the executive.

    He says this Bill is a "constitutional and legal horror show of epic proportions".

    The Tory MSP says, in relation to making legislation in haste, "we are making a mockery of ourselves."

  6. Background: UK ministers want temporary control of devolved areas post-Brexit

    Video content

    Video caption: UK minister David Lidington warns of higher prices post Brexit

    The UK government has named 24 devolved areas where it wants to temporarily retain power following Brexit.

    Ministers in the Scottish and Welsh governments want subjects such as food labelling and animal welfare to come under their control.

    However, UK ministers are bidding to oversee those areas, and others on the list, when the UK leaves the EU.

    The Scottish government has accused the UK government of a power grab and has introduced its own Brexit legislation.

    Ministers at Westminster insist that "the vast majority of powers returning from Brussels will start off in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast".

    Read more here.

  7. Labour 'wouldn't fancy' the job of Lib Dem whip

    Labour MSP James Kelly blames the current situation on "disarray" in the Conservative party, both for not amending the EU Withdrawal Bill and for Brexit in the first place.

    Referring to Mike Rumbles and the Lib Dems, he says: "I wouldn't fancy being chief whip in that group."

    "He is chief whip!" comes a shout from the Labour backbenches.

    Labour MSP James Kelly

    We support the Bill from the point of view that it protects the devolved settlement, the Labour MSP says.

    He concludes that Labour will not support a situation "still advocated" by the Conservatives.

  8. Background: 'Sunset clause' offer in Brexit powers row

    The Scottish and Welsh first ministers have proposed putting a limit on the length of time Westminster can "freeze" any devolved powers after Brexit.

    Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones hope the "sunset clause" proposal could end the deadlock with the UK government.

    They have written to Labour peers in the House of Lords asking them to support an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill.

    Ms Sturgeon and Mr Jones were both in Downing Street for talks with the prime minister last week
    Image caption: Ms Sturgeon and Mr Jones were both in Downing Street for talks with the prime minister last week

    Ms Sturgeon and Mr Jones met the prime minister for talks earlier this week.

    The talks again ended without agreement being reached over what happens to powers in devolved areas that return to the UK after Brexit.

    But Ms Sturgeon was noticeably more upbeat than after previous meetings, and appeared hopeful that an agreement would ultimately be reached.

  9. SNP MSP says EU Continuity Bill has been improved

    SNP MSP Ash Dehnam
    Image caption: SNP MSP Ash Dehnam

    SNP MSP Ash Dehnam says many of the amendments from the Tories were not designed to improve the Bill, but were wrecking amendments to derail it.

    Ms Dehnam says the EU Continuity Bill has been improved despite the "gleeful, schoolboy antics" from the Tories.

  10. Lib Dem MSP to vote against Bill

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles says the presiding officer's ruling that the Bill is outwith legislative competence cannot be ignored.

    I believe the Bill will be referred to the Supreme Court and found illegal, explains Mike Rumbles.

    The Lib Dem MSP warns the parliament's reputation will be greatly damaged as a result and he therefore "wants no part" in its passage.

    Mr Rumbles confirms he will be voting against this Bill at decision time.

  11. Background: Brexit deal 'can be done' - Sturgeon

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    Video caption: Nicola Sturgeon: 'No Brexit deal, but views were aired by all'

    Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes the stalemate with the UK government over its Brexit bill can be resolved.

    Scotland's first minister was speaking as she left talks with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street.

    The pair have been at loggerheads over what happens to powers in devolved areas when they return from Brussels after Brexit.

    Ms Sturgeon said the differences between them were "not insignificant, but neither are they insurmountable".

    She said there was a "determination" on both sides for an agreement to be reached in the coming weeks - although she stressed it was not yet certain a deal would be done.

  12. 'This Bill is not normal, it's not perfect, but it is necessary'

    Labour MSP Neil Bibby
    Image caption: Labour MSP Neil Bibby

    Labour MSP Neil Bibby says the EU Continuity Bill's passage is entirely without precedent.

    Mr Bibby says: "This is unchartered territory, this Bill is not normal, it's not perfect, but it is necessary."

    He says, despite reservatsions, his party will back the Bill at decision time.

    The Labour MSP says the proposed legislation has evolved and been refined.

  13. Background: Holyrood Brexit bill powers reined in by MSPs

    The Finance Committee met in Holyrood's main debating chamber due to the number of members taking part
    Image caption: The Finance Committee met in Holyrood's main debating chamber due to the number of members taking part

    Last week MSPs agreed to rein in powers Scottish ministers would take on as part of the Brexit legislation being considered at Holyrood.

    A Scottish bill has been tabled as an alternative to the Westminster EU Withdrawal Bill, amid an ongoing row over post-Brexit powers.

    More than 230 possible amendments to the bill were considered by MSPs.

    Many were rejected, but more than 20 were voted through in a bid to strengthen the legislation.

    It eventually passed its stage 2 debate after a marathon 11-hour session.

    This afternoon a plethora of stage 3 amendments were debated and passed.

  14. Scottish government demanding right to veto common frameworks claims Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Murdo Fraser

    Tory MSP Murdo Fraser says his party "made serious attempts to improve the Bill" even though they oppose it.

    Criticising the emergency status of the Bill, he argues "it has simply not been given the level of scrutiny it deserves".

    Mr Fraser says every single one of these powers on which they claim there is a power grab would be returned to Brussels if the UK remained in the EU as the SNP wants.

    The Scottish government is demanding a right of veto on common frameworks, the Tory MSP says.

    The default public view - even among those who voted remain - is to get on with Brexit, states Mr Fraser, who adds the SNP is using Brexit to "stoke constitutional grievance".