When it came to Brexit news, 2018 began much as 2017 ended – with The Tories breaking promises to Scotland on protecting devolution and Labour backing up their extreme Brexit plans.
Only the SNP stood up for Scotland and the 80,000 jobs that rely on our membership of the Single Market. Here’s what you need to know.
This week Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that the Labour Party is committed to ripping Scotland and the UK out of the Single Market and Customs Union – with the same plans for a jobs-destroying Brexit as the UK Tory government.
Jeremy Corbyn insists UK cannot remain in single market after Brexit https://t.co/icbiOe5Fs8
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 8, 2018
The SNP continue to campaign to keep Scotland and the UK in the Single Market to save jobs, protect trade and bolster the economy. This week the SNP’s Leader at Westminster Ian Blackford hosted a cross-party Single Market and Customs Union summit – but Corbyn refused to attend.
— The SNP (@theSNP) January 9, 2018
In a desperate effort to explain why, Jeremy Corbyn exposed how misinformed he is on the Single Market and Customs Union. This backfired on him spectacularly.
🇳🇴 Norway, 🇮🇸 Iceland & 🇱🇮
Liechtenstein, all members of the Single Market, all outside of the EU.
Please RT so everybody knows: https://t.co/apAuvscDnO
— People's Vote HQ (@peoplesvote_hq) January 9, 2018
But Corbyn’s false claims were unwittingly undermined by Richard Leonard MSP on BBC Radio Scotland before the hapless Scottish Labour leader confirmed his commitment to Corbyn’s hard-line – and indistinguishable from the Tories – Brexit stance.
.@JeremyCorbyn's tactic of repeating something false over and over again was unwittingly undermined by his branch office manager in Scotland Richard Leonard this week… #Brexit pic.twitter.com/p4kzWJmeRN
— Erik Geddes (@erikgeddes) January 12, 2018
This week also saw the UK government cabinet reshuffle – and some shambles that turned out to be.
Senior Tory MP says 'this resfhuffle is embarrassing- far from asserting her authority …its just highlighted how weak the PM is'
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) January 8, 2018
In the midst of the Tory muddle it emerged that UK government had failed to table crucial amendments to the EU Bill over devolved matters. Now the legislation will bypass the House of Commons and go straight to the unelected House of Lords fior review.
The Secretary of State for Scotland promised at the despatch box they woul come to the commons. Another Tory broken promise. https://t.co/9J7PL0Dz1s
— Ian Blackford (@IanBlackfordMP) January 10, 2018
This isn’t the first time the Tories have misled and let down the people of Scotland with unfulfilled promises on Brexit.
🤞 The Tories have made quite a few promises to Scotland on Brexit but none have been kept. Here are a few. (thread) 1/5
— Liam Furby (@MrFurby) January 10, 2018
Even the Tory MSPs at the Scottish Parliament were embarrassed at this latest gaffe – as the Finance and Constitution Committee concludes that the EU Withdrawal Bill is incompatible with the devolution settlement.
Scottish Tory MSP Adam Tomkins says he's "deeply frustrated and disappointed" that UKgov hasn't yet brought forward amendments to EU Withdrawal Bill. "We had been led to expect" that it would have been fixed by now – but he remains "optimistic" that it can be done in the Lords pic.twitter.com/zUPwcUAhJl
— Philip Sim (@BBCPhilipSim) January 9, 2018
Meanwhile the EU issued a “be prepared” warning to UK businesses for a potential no-deal Brexit, as reported in the Financial Times – underlining the urgent need for a cross-party effort to secure single-market membership. While the European position was clearly explained by Guy Verhofstadt.
Business uncertainty has been created b/c of the UK Gov's decision to leave the single market, not because of EU contingency planning. PM Theresa May & David Davis say no deal is better than a bad deal, so it is only fair that we plan for this https://t.co/2ftosk86jA #Brexit
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) January 9, 2018
This came as a surprise of David Davis, the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, even though it was David who first floated the ‘No Deal’ boat.
— LBC (@LBC) January 9, 2018
This was neatly summed up by the First Minister.
This letter is extraordinary. A govt intent on leaving EU & continually talking about prospect of ‘no deal’ moaning about EU preparing to treat UK as a non member and for the possibility of ‘no deal’. Unbelievable – or rather, increasingly believable from this inept UK government https://t.co/47CFxS99B7
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) January 9, 2018