Friday, 12 April 2019 23:36

BLACKFORD: LABOUR MUST COMMIT TO SECOND EU REFERENDUM IN TALKS WITH TORIES

SNP RAMP UP PRESSURE ON LABOUR FOLLOWING MAY’S REFUSAL TO BREAK BREXIT DEADLOCK

The SNP’s Westminster leader has called on Labour to commit fully to a fresh EU referendum as part of its continued Brexit talks with the Tory government.

Ian Blackford MP warned that a failure by Labour to bring forward the proposals, with the option to remain on the ballot paper, risked Scotland falling victim to a damaging backroom Brexit deal cooked up by the Tories and signed, sealed and delivered by the Labour party.

The pressure on Labour follows Ian Blackford MP challenging Theresa May during PMQs on whether she had offered a second EU referendum at any point during talks with Labour.

When pushed again following the EU Council’s decision to extend Article 50 till the 31st October this year, the Prime Minister ruled out the option being raised by her government. 

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“Talks have been ongoing between both the Tory government and Labour party for over a week but not a single compromise has been tabled.

“Instead of wasting more time Labour must make clear to the Tories that the answer to the Brexit deadlock is to put the decision back to the people.

“It is no secret that the Labour leader has ducked and dived on the issue of a second EU referendum, but at this crucial crossroads, it is high time Jeremy Corbyn commits to putting a second referendum on the table as the only way forward.

“In 2016 Labour backed remain and the Tories Brexit policy has failed – so there is no mandate for any outcome they may reach if it is not put back to the people.

“It would be unforgivable if Labour side-stepped a second EU referendum in the talks and instead pushed through a deal that would drag Scotland out of the single market and end freedom of movement – which will hit our public services and cost thousands of jobs.

“Westminster is failing Scotland and it is becoming clearer each day that the only real way to safeguard our interests is through independence.”

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