The UK Government has cancelled Brexit talks with senior politicians from Scotland and Wales. The move came a day after Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs a more "flexible, open and inclusive" approach would be taken towards Parliament and the devolced administrations.

Scottish Government's External Affairs Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, told MPs a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee due to be held on Thursday will no longer take place.

She said the move "flies in the face of the Prime Minister's rhetoric" after Theresa May had promised an "enhanced role" for the devolved governments.

May told the Commons on Monday that while it was the job of her administration to "negotiate for the whole of the UK", ministers were "committed to giving the devolved administrations an enhanced role in the next phase, respecting their competence and vital interest in these negotiations".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted at the time she was "very sceptical" about the commitment.

Hyslop told MSPs yesterday: "Given the Prime Minister's approach to engagement with the Scottish Government to date, her offer of an enhanced role for devolved administrations lacks credibility."

She added: "This morning, the UK Government cancelled a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee that deals with EU negotiations, which was due to take place on Thursday - a decision which flies in the face of the Prime Minister's rhetoric."

A UK Government Cabinet Office spokesman confirmed: "Diary pressures mean that we are not going to be able to do that on Thursday as was planned."

He added: "Both the Scottish Government and Welsh Government have been notified about that.

"The Prime Minister has made the offer to the Scottish and Welsh first ministers to meet with her this week."

Bruce Crawford, the convener of the Scottish Parliament's Constitution Committee, questioned Hyslop on "the best way forward of resolving the current impasse" over Brexit, after May's proposed withdrawal deal was defeated by a record majority in the House of Commons.

Hyslop backed a second European referendum to try to achieve this. She said: "It is important there is some consensus on the way forward but in the absence of consensus in parliament the best resolution would be a second EU referendum."

She criticised May for failing to consider seeking an extension to the Article 50 negotiation deadline, and and for refusing to rule out a no deal Brexit.

Hyslop said: "The Scottish Government will continue to do everything we can to protect Scotland's interests and the First Minister is due to meet the Prime Minister in the coming days.

"The Prime Minister should now focus on securing an extension to Article 50, during which time arrangements can be made for a second referendum which includes the option to remain within the EU."