Europe & International Affairs

Will the SNP oppose leaving the EU in a vote in the Scottish Parliament?

We consider that the process to exit the EU would require Holyrood’s legislative consent, and we cannot foresee circumstances in which the Scottish Parliament would give that. As the SNP’s focus is on protecting Scotland’s interests and democratically expressed will to remain in EU – not frustrating England’s will to leave – it would be for Westminster to deal with consequences of this situation.

Even if there were a vote against a legislative consent motion by MSPs at Holyrood, it is also possible that Westminster could seek to override that vote, so talk of a veto is misplaced.

Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are focused on navigating through these most difficult of circumstances not of our making, and exploring all possible avenues to secure Scotland’s continued place in the EU. And if it becomes clear that the best or only way of doing that is by being an independent member, the First Minister has made clear that the option of an independence referendum is on the table.

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