Scotland

Scotland's papers: Brexit green light and Beyonce's twins

The Herald claims that a "senior Cabinet minister" says the UK government will not grant the Scottish government the power to hold a second independence referendum before 2020.

Meanwhile, Westminster has taken the first step towards delivering Brexit, backing legislation to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in a ballot that split Labour and was supported by just one of Scotland's MPs, reports The Scotsman.

The i paper also writes that Britain took a major step towards leaving the European Union after MPs gave overwhelming backing for Theresa May to trigger the Brexit process.

Also on the vote, The National writes that Scottish MPs' attempts to keep the country in the EU have been "flattened", after Labour and the Tories joined forces to give Theresa May the right to effectively start the UK's hard Brexit.

By contrast, the Scottish Daily Express writes that "a wrecking amendment" to the UK government's Article 50 Bill, proposed by Nicola Sturgeon's SNP, failed to win the support of a majority of MPs.

However, The Times Scotland says that Tory MPs are threatening to rebel over Brexit unless Theresa May guarantees the right of EU citizens to stay in Britain.

In other news, the Scottish Daily Mail claims that an SNP MSP has caused "outrage" by suggesting IRA gunmen who killed three Scottish soldiers in 1971 may have been freedom fighters.

Beyonce has announced she is expecting twins with husband Jay Z. The singer shared the surprise news on Instagram, says The Scottish Sun, and posted a picture of her bare bump.

Former Celtic and Hibs star Anthony Stokes has been hit with a two-year suspended jail sentence for assaulting an Elvis impersonator in a nightclub, according to the Daily Record.

The Courier says a driver died after his car crashed into the back of an articulated lorry that was parked in a lay-by on the A90.

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