Theresa May delayed the meaningful vote on Brexit
Returning from an EU-Arab League summit in Egypt, where Theresa May held talks with Donald Tusk and EU leaders, she announced that the meaningful vote on Brexit may not take place until the 12th March.
That’s a shameful attempt to run down the clock until just 10 parliamentary days before Brexit day.
Theresa May continues to falsely believe that she can renegotiate her Brexit deal, which was rejected by a margin of 230 in January.
She knows that she will not achieve any changes, so instead she’s trying to delay the decision, causing anxiety to Scotland’s businesses and communities with every passing day.
This is just nonsense – and dishonest nonsense as she knows she cannot get the changes she has promised her hard line #Brexiteers . Every day that passes ratchets up the likelihood of a disastrous no deal and intensifies the damage already being done. https://t.co/nggVSHfvSh
— Michael Russell (@Feorlean) February 24, 2019
Ian Blackford called out the UK Government’s tactics of threatening Scotland with a no-deal
Theresa May gave a statement in the House of Commons about the latest progress in her Brexit negotiations with the EU.
The problem is, however, that there has been no progress at all.
She promised changes to the backstop only to appease the hard-right Brextremists on her own benches, even though she knew that such changes were always unworkable.
With every day that the UK Government delays a decision, no-deal becomes more likely, with all its damaging consequences. This is unacceptable to the people of Scotland, and we will always fight against a no-deal.
🗓️ Theresa May’s strategy of running down the clock is the height of irresponsibility.
✋This reckless Government cannot be trusted to act in Scotland’s interests. pic.twitter.com/ceo6qkISyU
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 26, 2019
The SNP tabled an amendment to prevent a no-deal Brexit, but Scottish Tories betrayed Scotland by voting it down
Wednesday was dominated by yet another Brexit debate and various amendments intending to steer the Brexit process out of the impasse.
The SNP group tabled an amendment, with cross-party support, which would rule out a no-deal Brexit under all circumstances.
✍️ BREAKING: The SNP have tabled an amendment, with cross-party support, seeking to reject a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances.
❌ No-deal would disproportionately hit Scotland and would be the height of irresponsibility. Scotland will never accept it. pic.twitter.com/jq2N7APes8
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 27, 2019
Latest economic evidence revealed that no-deal would threaten 100,000 Scottish jobs, lead to a 7% drop in GDP, reduce the supply of workers across the economy, and cause disproportional pain to the agricultural and fishing sectors.
Given these disastrous consequences, keeping no-deal on the table is the height of irresponsibility.
MPs faced a clear choice – they could side with the extreme Brexiteers, or they could side with Scotland’s interests.
Shamefully, all Scottish Tories voted against the SNP amendment. When questioned about it, David Mundell absurdly attempted to claim that by tabling an amendment to prevent no-deal, the SNP want a no-deal.
Watched this four times now and it still makes absolutely no sense.
David Mundell says he voted against ruling out No-Deal because he doesn’t want No-Deal but the SNP are bad because they want No-Deal, which is why SNP MPs voted for the SNP amendment to rule out No-Deal #simples https://t.co/dS7VtLCPZt
— Tom French (@tomfrench85) February 27, 2019
SNP MPs took part in a climate change debate, highlighting Scotland’s global leadership
Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face today, and it is the responsibility of all nations and decision makers to take action before it’s too late.
Speaking in a House of Commons debate on the UK’s progress towards zero-carbon emissions, SNP MPs highlighted the urgency of tackling climate change, and spelled out examples of Scotland’s world-leading action on protecting the environment.
🏴 Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change. Here’s how we’re protecting the environment, and our ambition goes further still.https://t.co/vEjS3ICh8I
— The SNP (@theSNP) February 28, 2019