SNP MPs will vote against the Prime Minister’s deal. The deal would take Scotland out of the EU against our will. Scotland voted by 62 per cent to remain in the European Union in 2016, something which has been consistently ignored by the UK Government.
As set out in Scotland’s Place in Europe: An assessment of the UK Government’s proposed future relationship with the EU, the deal will make us poorer, diminish our rights and damage opportunities for future generations.
Latest research presents a stark picture of the economic shock a bad deal will have on Scotland – warning it will leave every Scot worse off by £2,300 a year, wipe out 80,000 jobs, and damage growth and business opportunities for decades.
The Scottish Parliament voted to reject the Prime Minister’s proposed deal and to call for a better alternative to both the ‘deal’ and no-deal. SNP, Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat MSPs all supported the motion.
We will continue to press the Government to rule out a catastrophic no deal. No deal would be catastrophic and would have severe and disproportionate impacts on Scotland – on food supply, on medicines, on transport, and rural matters.
Having wasted so much time, and having brought the country to the brink of chaos and crisis, the UK Government must now agree to the SNP’s plea to halt or revoke Article 50 to give us more time beyond the March 29 deadline. This would stop the UK crashing out of the EU and allow a sensible debate about the choices now available to take place and an informed choice to be made.
We believe that MPs should come together to support a new referendum on EU membership. The debate in 2016 has been consistently shown to have been manipulated and undermined by misinformation and false promises. The truth has now been laid bare and in the absence of a consensus in Parliament the choice must be put back to the people.