Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:49


The SNP’s Scotland Office spokesperson has criticised David Mundell for his continued “disrespect for devolution,” after the Secretary of State for Scotland floundered over whether or not the UK government had raised its Chequers plan with the Scottish Government in advance.

At Scotland Office questions in Westminster, SNP MP Tommy Sheppard pressed David Mundell to end his government's approach of side-lining the devolved administrations, and instead meaningfully engage with proposals brought forward by the Scottish Government to protect Scotland and the UK from the economic harm of a hard Brexit.

Commenting, Tommy Sheppard MP said:

“Given that David Mundell has been boasting that he is now the longest serving member in the Cabinet, it is quite extraordinary that he has also been the most invisible and ineffective member around that table.

“Theresa May’s Chequers plan demonstrates a change in direction by the UK government and one that will completely change the proposed arrangements for UK wide co-ordination after Brexit. Moreover, their agreement to prepare for a likely no-deal outcome highlights the treacherous Brexit path Scotland is being led down.

“In his role, the Secretary of State has a responsibility to engage with the Scottish Government over the direction of Brexit, not continue his disrespect for devolution by side-lining the devolved administrations.

“The SNP Scottish Government has published yet another compromise position on Brexit and how best to protect the economy, jobs and living standards. It’s high time David Mundell looked seriously at the proposals to reach a common sense and rational approach."

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