Wednesday, 18 April 2018 05:27


SNP International Affairs spokesperson Stephen Gethins MP has said that tonight's defeat for the UK government in the House of Lords on a vote on the customs union is 'another significant failure in this shambolic Tory Brexit.' and  that it shows the need for the Tories to compromise and work with other parties to avoid more defeats.

The comments come as the UK government lost a crucial vote - as peers supported staying in the customs union following Brexit and it is the first defeat as the Lords begin their detailed scrutiny of the EU Withdrawal Bill.

Stephen Gethins MP said:

''This is the first - but almost certainly not the last - defeat of this kind and it is a significant failure in this shambolic Tory Brexit. To avoid untold damage the Tories need to acknowledge there is no majority in parliament for their extreme Brexit and there is an urgent need to compromise and work with other parties. If they don't they will face more defeats like this and more disarray.

'' The SNP have always urged continued membership of both the customs union and single market - as even the UK government's own analysis suggests that would be the least damaging  of all the Brexit options. 

'' The Tories need to get a grip and realise that they will only face more humiliating defeats if they don' t accept the need to change course  and stop pandering to a handful of Tory backbench MPs and ministers - whose agenda will do so much damage to the economy and jobs for years to come''

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