Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:31

BLACKFORD: "TIME TO PUT BREXIT DECISION BACK TO THE PEOPLE"

EXTEND ARTICLE 50 LONG ENOUGH TO HOLD SECOND REFERENDUM

The SNP has called on Theresa May to "put the decision back to the people" by extending Article 50 long enough to hold a second EU referendum – with Remain on the ballot paper.

Following Parliament's decision to resoundingly reject leaving the EU with either Theresa May's deal or no deal, Ian Blackford MP said the Prime Minister must now extend or revoke Article 50 – and set into motion plans to hold a second EU referendum.

The SNP Westminster Leader said remaining in the EU was the "best deal of all", would respect the vote in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and that holding a second referendum was the most democratic way out of the impasse at Westminster.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

"The UK Government has descended into total chaos. Theresa May has lost control. That means it's time to put the decision on our EU membership back to the people.

"Parliament has now resoundingly rejected Theresa May's deal and leaving with no deal.

"Only a fresh referendum can now unblock things. The UK government must now extend or revoke Article 50, and set into motion plans to hold a second EU referendum – with Remain on the ballot paper.

"Staying in the EU is the best deal of all. It’s what Scotland and Northern Ireland voted for, and it’s the only way to protect jobs, living standards, our public services and the economy.

"Holding a second EU referendum is the best and most democratic way out of the impasse at Westminster. The UK government has failed and the people must now have their say.

"Scotland did not vote for Brexit and we should not be dragged out of the EU against our will. And the way Scotland has been ignored throughout the Brexit process means the case for independence is now stronger than it has ever been."

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