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Summary

  1. MSPs debate and vote on the Brexit draft withdrawal agreement
  2. SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem members at Holyrood will back a motion rejecting the proposals, as well as the prospect of leaving without any deal
  3. The Scottish Conservatives will vote against the motion, arguing that it is "needless"
  4. Theresa May has been accused of "misleading Parliament, inadvertently or otherwise" as the full legal advice on her Brexit deal was published

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison and Louise Wilson

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live!

    SNP benches applauding
    Image caption: Applause from the chamber as the motion is passed

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

    The Scottish Parliament rejected the UK government's draft Brexit deal, with 92 MSPs backing the jointly penned motion and 29 against.

    SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem members at Holyrood all backed it, rejecting the proposals, as well as the prospect of leaving without any deal.

    The vote was held as MPs at Westminster continued to debate whether to accept the withdrawal plan agreed between the UK and EU.

    Good night.

  2. Minister cannot commit today to funding opposing war memorial

    Europe Minister Ben Macpherson
    Image caption: Europe Minister Ben Macpherson

    Europe Minister Ben Macpherson says St Andrew was of course an advocate for non-violence.

    Mr Macpherson tells the chamber his great-great-grandfather was Dr Walter Walsh, who was an anti-war campaigner against the Boer war with James Keir Hardie, founder of the Labour Party.

    He pays his own respect and appreciation to the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.

    Green MSP Alison Johnstone intervenes to say the opposing war memorial would help schools and calls for the government to help.

    Mr Macpherson says he cannot commit today to funding the erection of the memorial but asks Ms Johnstone to write to him on this matter.

  3. Background: Design unveiled for conscientious objectors memorial in Edinburgh

    Mock up of memorial

    Conscientious objectors, and others who opposed World War One, are to be recognised in a new memorial planned for Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens.

    The design was unveiled as part of International Conscientious Objectors Day on 15 May.

    It is hoped that the finished sculpture will be installed by April.

    Edinburgh artist Kate Ive's design will be revealed as efforts to raise funds for the next stage of the project get under way.

    Read more.

  4. Background: 'Remember conscientious objectors too'

    Darren McCullins

    BBC Scotland

    Conscientious objectors

    Last month, Britain remembered those who did not return from war at the centenary of the Armistice.

    However, we should not forget those who did not go - the conscientious objector, according to Brian Larkin of the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.

    "There's wide recognition for remembering the men who died in the many wars, and that's as it should be, but the story of the opposition to war and of conscientious objectors is a very important part of our history, especially in Scotland", he said.

    He believes the story of war is not presented accurately, if the opposition to war is not remembered and marked.

    Read more here.

  5. Debate: Remembering conscientious objectors

    Green MSP Alison Johnstone
    Image caption: Green MSP Alison Johnstone

    Green MSP Alison Johnstone is leading a member's debate on celebrate conscientious objectors during World War One.

    She highlights how many men were shamed for not going to war and 73 objectors died in prison for refusing to take part in the first world war.

    With 50 wars going on in the world right now, movements opposing this continue she says.

    The Green MSP says there are no memorials in Edinburgh for conscientious objectors, though there are several in London and one in Cardiff.

    It is time this is recognised in our city, in Scotland she adds.

    Motion
  6. BreakingMSPs reject Theresa May's draft Brexit deal - vote breakdown

    Flags

    The Scottish Parliament rejected the UK government's draft Brexit deal, with 92 MSPs backing the jointly penned motion and 29 against.

    We've just learned that the 29 MSPs who voted against were all Tories, which does not come as a surprise.

    Only Maurice Golden and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is on maternity leave, did not vote.

    SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem members at Holyrood backed it rejecting the proposals, as well as the prospect of leaving without any deal.

  7. BreakingMSPs reject Theresa May's draft Brexit deal

    MSPs
    Image caption: MSPs voted to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal and leaving the EU with no deal

    The Scottish Parliament has rejected the UK government's draft Brexit deal, with 92 MSPs backing the motion and 29 against.

    SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem members at Holyrood all backed a jointly penned motion rejecting the proposals, as well as the prospect of leaving without any deal.

    The vote was held as MPs at Westminster continue to debate whether to accept the withdrawal plan agreed between the UK and EU.

    The Scottish Conservatives voted against the joint motion at decision time.

    SNP benches applauding
    Image caption: Applause from the chamber as the motion is passed
  8. Russell agrees that Brexit is a 'cluster bourach'

    Mr Russell says it is now all reduced to the fact that it is a "complete bourach", or according to one of his friends, a "cluster bourach".

    For the uninitiated that means a hideous mess.

    The Brexit secretary insists Adam Tomkins knows that this is a disaster for Scotland and he hopes the Tory MSP will come to regret defending the deal today.

    He concludes saying the reality is that there is a motion from four parties in front of MSPs that he thinks speaks for Scotland.

  9. Brexit secretary says House of Commons likely to reject deal

    Brexit Secretary Mike Russell
    Image caption: Brexit Secretary Mike Russell

    Brexit Secretary Mike Russell points out the Welsh parliament has refused both the deal and a no deal.

    The Scottish parliament looks like it will do so tonight, while the Commons will probably reject the deal next week he says.

    Turning to the Tory benches, he says MSPs are elected to use their judgement on important issues and insists some Tory MSPs are voting against their own judgement.

    The primary contribution of the Tories today has been to argue that we must make the best of a bad job, Mr Russell states.

  10. Tory MSP warns against voting down Theresa May's Brexit deal

    Mr Fraser argues Labour are only focusing on grievance politics.

    The Tory MSP turns his attention to the SNP, pointing out the Scottish Fishermen's Federation backs the deal.

    However Mr Russell thinks he knows more about fishing, says Mr Fraser.

    The Tory MSP says the Scottish government has not respected the will of Holyrood on P1 testing and on a host of other issues.

    He concludes citing those businesses who back the prime minister and warns against voting down this deal, which would lead to a no deal.

  11. 'No consensus' on next steps if deal is rejected says Tory MSP

    Tory MSP Murdo Fraser says the Scottish government has managed to form an "unholy alliance" with the other opposition parties to oppose the Brexit deal.

    But we are "utterly unclear" about what should be done instead, he says, noting there is "no consensus" about the next steps.

    Responding to the Lib Dem's calls for a so-called People's Vote, Mr Fraser insists this is neither liberal nor democratic.

    Tory MSP Murdo Fraser
    Image caption: Tory MSP Murdo Fraser

    Turning to Labour, he insists there is "no clarity" on what the party is calling for.

    Labour MSP Neil Findlay says his party would renegotiate to create a permanent customs union, single market access, equivalent EU programmes, no hard border in Northern Ireland and a good immigration system.

    "Is that enough for you, Mr Fraser?" he asks.

    The Tory MSP responds that the EU does not want to return to negotiations.

  12. Background: Brexit withdrawal agreement - what it all means

    Chris Morris

    BBC Reality Check

    Withdrawal agreement

    The draft Brexit withdrawal agreement stands at 599 pages long. It sets out how the UK leaves the European Union, scheduled for 29 March 2019.

    Chris Morris, from BBC Reality Check, has been going through it in detail and pulls out the key points from the agreement and what they mean.

    The analysis covers the transition period, cash, citizen rights, Northern Ireland, fishing and law.

    Read it here.

  13. Labour MSP highlights 'unique circumstance' of four parties rejecting Brexit deal

    Labour MSP James Kelly
    Image caption: Labour MSP James Kelly

    Labour MSP James Kelly say this is indeed a unique circumstance with four parties uniting to write a motion rejecting Theresa May's Brexit deal and a no deal.

    Mr Kelly insists those backing a no deal Brexit are "living in a fantasy land", because even the Bank of England cites an 8% reduction in economic growth and the loss of 100,000 jobs.

    Tory MSP Murdo Fraser intervenes to ask what the Labour position is on Brexit.

    What the Labour party want and what the people want is Theresa May out of Downing Street, Mr Kelly hits back.

  14. Background: Brexit: MSPs to reject draft deal in Holyrood vote

    Brexit Secretary Mike Russell

    The Scottish Parliament will shortly reject the UK government's draft Brexit deal in a vote this evening at 5pm.

    SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem members at Holyrood will back a motion rejecting the proposals, as well as the prospect of leaving without any deal.

    However, the parties have not come to a consensus on an alternative plan.

    The vote will be held as MPs at Westminster continue to debate whether to accept the withdrawal plan agreed between the UK and EU.

    The Tories are the only party opposing the motion, which MSP Adam Tomkins called "needless"
    Image caption: The Tories are the only party opposing the motion, which MSP Adam Tomkins called "needless"

    A majority of MPs must back the proposals if they are to come into force - but the result of Wednesday's vote at Holyrood vote will not be legally binding on anyone.

    The SNP, Labour, Greens and Lib Dems came together to pen an agreed motion ahead of the Holyrood debate, saying in a joint statement that it would demonstrate that the "overwhelming view" of MSPs was against the deal.

    However, each of the parties will argue for their own preferred alternative plan - while the Scottish Conservatives will vote against the motion, arguing that it is "needless".

    Read more here.

  15. SNP MSP labels deal a 'Tory sellout of fishermen'

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson
    Image caption: SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson labels the deal a "Tory sellout of fishermen".

    He backs a Norway-style deal because it keeps us in the single market while getting out of the CFP.