Parliament Square was overtaken by young protesters taking a stand on climate change
Thousands of students descended on Whitehall and Parliament Square to demand action on climate change, and take a stand on protecting our environment.
Shamefully, Downing Street condemned the action, adding that it does nothing but “wasting lesson time”.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Government takes climate change extremely seriously and takes world-leading action, which includes aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050, generating 70% of our electricity from renewables, and investing in cutting-edge research on green energy.
It’s a cause for optimism, in an often dark world, that young people are taking a stand on climate change. @scotgov is a world leader but, given the urgency, it is right that we are all challenged to do more and that we hear the voice of the next generation. https://t.co/NJOMuN649Q
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) February 15, 2019
The UK Government suffered another humiliating defeat on Brexit, but Labour sat on their hands when it came to preventing no-deal
On Thursday morning, the SNP submitted an amendment designed to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal on the 29th March, by requesting an Article 50 extension.
Unfortunately, Labour once again put party unity above common sense and economic logic. By abstaining on the SNP amendment, they once again abdicated responsibility and did nothing to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
In the next vote, the UK Government got defeated on its Brexit motion, leaving the pursuit of renegotiating the backstop in limbo. The hard-right Brexit faction within the Tory party abstained on the motion and are continuing to hold the Government to ransom.
📄 BREAKING: SNP amendment was selected by the Speaker and will be voted on after 5pm.
It requires the UK Government to begin immediate negotiations for an extension of Article 50, so we can avoid the Brexit cliff edge. 👇 pic.twitter.com/WqvfupO2g5
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 14, 2019
🔴 Labour abstained on the SNP amendment, which would extend Article 50 and prevent a disastrous no-deal Brexit.
🥀 What a shameful dereliction of duty from a party that claims to be the "opposition". Just like Tories, they're putting party unity above common sense.
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 14, 2019
The Prime Minister still refused to rule out no-deal
On Wednesday, at Prime Minister’s Questions, Ian Blackford asked Theresa May a straight question: will she delay the meaningful vote on her deal until the very last minute?
She failed to answer. It is still not clear when the meaningful vote will come, and as the UK Parliament continues to get deeper into deadlock, the prospect of no-deal is causing lots of anxiety among businesses, public services and EU citizens.
So why is Theresa May still refusing to rule out no-deal? Because she’s completely hamstrung by the ERG: the party of Brexit extremists within the Conservative party.
It’s time she stopped pandering to them and considered Scotland’s wishes instead.
🔒Theresa May is refusing to rule out no-deal, because she's hamstrung by Tory Brexit extremists.
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 13, 2019
Theresa May lied to Parliament, and Ian Blackford did not let that pass
On Tuesday, Theresa May gave a statement on the latest progress of the Brexit negotiations which outlined that there has been no progress at all.
She was asked by the Brexit extremists to get rid of the backstop and reopen her Brexit deal, but after going to Brussels, she achieved nothing again.
She has no negotiating leverage, no viable plan, and no authority among EU leaders.
And while the Brexit clock is ticking and the threat of no-deal is becoming more real by the day, the Prime Minister is refusing to rule it out.
The Government has not even published any economic analysis of Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
When Ian Blackford raised this in response to her statement, Theresa May told a straight lie, claiming that the Government did in fact publish an analysis.
This beggars belief.
I raised a point of order following todays debate because @theresa_may needs to be called out. She lied to parliament and by extension to the people of the UK. She is employing tactics of delay and blackmail and in doing so she is leading us all ever closer to the cliff edge. pic.twitter.com/8uwJw5tey8
— Ian Blackford (@IanBlackfordMP) February 12, 2019
SNP MP outlined the real human cost of cruel Tory approach to welfare, but Amber Rudd seemed in denial
When Peter Grant brought up a case of his constituent who, like many others, were directly affected by the callous benefit assessment system, Amber Rudd answered by quoting empty statistics at him and not even trying to acknowledge the problem.
This UK Tory Government is trying to strip people of benefits, because of its ideological obsession of cutting the state. The system isn’t working, and needs to be changed to stop more injustice and suffering.
In stark contrast, the Scottish Government is creating a Scottish welfare system with fairness and compassion at heart, but without more devolved powers, we cannot fully mitigate disastrous Tory policies.
📣 @PeterGrantMP raised the case of his constituent, who lost benefits due to the "cruel and inhumane" assessment system, designed by the Tory government to deprive people of benefits.
👀 Just watch this shambolic answer from Amber Rudd, who seems to be in complete denial. pic.twitter.com/92bTZC4NFF
— olaf stando (@olafdoesstuff) February 11, 2019