Thursday, 16 November 2017 06:47


SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP will outline in a speech in Brussels today (Thursday) the ‘chaos engulfing’ the UK government over Brexit and will also highlight the need for the Chancellor to deliver a Budget next week on the basis of the UK’s continued membership of the single market.

Ian Blackford’s speech at the prestigious European Policy Centre (EPC) comes as the EU Withdrawal Bill has started its faltering progress at Westminster – with almost 500 amendments to be debated.
The SNP has previously called for the chaos at the heart of government on Brexit to end, and also for accountability for the promises made by Vote Leave campaigners - many whom are now UK  government ministers.
In his speech Ian Blackford MP will say: 
‘’The lies and deceit of the Brexit campaign for Leave have been called out – never again will the public trust the Conservatives. We see that highlighted in the recent approval ratings for the Prime Minister herself – scoring an all-time low last week – just 26% of voters now think Theresa May will “get the right deal for Britain in the Brexit negotiations” and 66% of voters say they disapprove of the way the government is handling Brexit negotiations.
‘’UK politics has hit a dead end. There’s no way forward, nor a way back for Theresa May. She must create a new path – and she can do that – by working across the political spectrum, showing some respect to the constituent parts of the UK and dropping her obsession with a no deal. ‘’
‘’Next Wednesday, the Chancellor will deliver his budget in Westminster. That budget must be delivered on the basis of the UK’s continued membership of the single market. This will not only settle the markets but more importantly will give business the confidence it so desperately needs to invest.’’
Ian Blackford MP commented ahead of his speech:
‘’The EU Withdrawal Bill is damaging and unworkable, and Theresa May’s government is in a state of chaos. This speech to the European Policy Centre is an opportunity to raise these issues and look ahead.
‘’A week before the Chancellor delivers his Budget amidst all this Brexit mess Philip Hammond has to put a stop to the endless failed austerity and also give some confidence to the business community so anxious about Brexit - by delivering a Budget based on continued membership of the Single Market. The dangers of a Hard Tory Brexit are now obvious for all to see and completely avoidable.''

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