Monday, 10 June 2019 17:21



The SNP has said the tone of the Tory leadership debate shows “the nasty party is well and truly back”, as the Tory leadership nominees were announced.

The party has accused the Tories of focussing on their own party’s fate, after a battering in the polls at the EU elections, rather than working to find a solution to the Brexit impasse in Parliament - the reason the EU granted an extension to Article 50 in April.

The SNP Westminster Leader cited the push for who could advocate the hardest Brexit, attacks on women’s rights and promises of tax cuts for the richest in society as examples of how the debate showed “just how detached Westminster is from Scotland’s needs and priorities.''

When the Article 50 extension was granted, Ian Blackford led demands for the UK government to hold a fresh EU referendum with the option of Remain on the ballot paper, and called on the Tories and Labour to stop ignoring Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, in the Brexit process.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“The European Union agreed to a further extension to Article 50 in April, but the Tories have wasted this crucial time to navel-gaze – leaving the UK rudderless as it hurtles towards a no-deal Brexit; an outcome that would be devastating for Scotland’s jobs, living standards and economy.

“The tone of the Tory leadership debate has been utterly horrific – from advocating a hard Brexit, curtailing women’s rights and offering tax cuts to the richest in society, the nasty party is well and truly back.

“At a time when politicians should be working to find a solution from the Brexit chaos, we have instead seen a fight to drive the Tory party even further to the extremes, highlighting just how detached Westminster is from Scotland’s needs and priorities.

“Scotland did not vote for Brexit and we should not be forced to suffer the cost of a Tory leadership election at a crucial moment in the Brexit process.

“The circus that is the Tory leadership race clearly shows just how important it is that the people of Scotland are given a say on their own future. I am confident that when that time comes, people will make clear that Scotland’s interests are best protected as an independent, equal European nation.”

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