UK government poised to block Scottish bottle recycling scheme

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Holyrood and Westminster are heading for another showdown as the UK government prepares to block a second policy move by the Scottish government this year.

Alister Jack, the Scotland secretary, intends to deny a request from the SNP government for a trade exemption for its flagship recycling scheme, in a move that experts say could fatally undermine the plans.

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