Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:12


The SNP has warned that the Tories’ plans to keep the threat of a No-Deal Brexit on the table by writing it into law, would deliver a body blow to Scotland.

Peter Grant, the SNP's Europe spokesperson, added that the move reaffirmed the need for Scotland to have a say over its future, in order to protect the economy and people’s jobs and livelihoods.

The Tory government is seeking to add a new clause to the Brexit Bill to make it illegal for Parliament to extend the transition period beyond the end of next year.

The move would drastically ramp up the prospect of a No-Deal crash-out – after the EU’s chief negotiator earlier revealed that trade talks will not be concluded by 2021 and that the 11-month timetable is “unrealistic.”

A leaked UK government document also highlighted that the Tory leader faces “a major strategic, political and operational challenge” to delivering his Brexit plans by Dec 2020.

Commenting, Peter Grant MP said: 

“Boris Johnson’s plans to stifle Parliament and make it illegal to protect the economy, jobs and people’s livelihoods by ruling out a No-Deal Brexit, is yet another sign of the road to ruin the Tories are dragging Scotland down.

“The ability to extend the transition period beyond the end of next year is vital in order to safeguard our economic and social interests. 

“We already know leaving the EU without a deal would be catastrophic for Scotland and the UK, and to remove that safety net by putting it into law would deliver a body blow to Scotland.

“SNP MPs will oppose Boris Johnson’s reckless Brexit plans every step of the way, however it‘s clear that the Tories are actively acting against Scotland’s interests.

“The people of Scotland must have the choice over a better future than the broken Westminster system being imposed upon us.”

Brexit: Boris Johnson will amend bill to outlaw extension: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/16/boris-johnson-will-amend-brexit-bill-to-outlaw-extension

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