Friday, 02 March 2018 18:47


The SNP has said that the Prime Minister’s five key tests in her Road to Brexit speech only left more unanswered questions on some of the most critical issues facing the UK as it prepares to leave the EU.

In response to the Prime Minister’s speech, the SNP's Foreign Affairs and Europe spokesperson said that Theresa May still had to provide satisfactory answers on:

-          The future arrangements to avoid a hard border in Ireland,
-          Why the UK government is ignoring its own economic analysis warning that single market and customs union access is the least damaging option?
-          Concerns over protecting the devolution settlement from the risks of a Westminster power grab,
-          The long term rights of EU nationals living and working in the UK,
-          Clarity and reassurances for Scotland’s agriculture and fishing communities during the transitional period and in the long term.

Stephen Gethins MP said:

“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU and its single market – the biggest of its kind in the world and around eight times bigger than the UK market alone – and yet we face being dragged out of Europe against our will by a Prime Minister hopelessly in thrall to the right wing of the Tory party.

“Theresa May’s Road to Brexit speech offered a little more detail, but still no signs of where that road is headed or any progress on the biggest issues facing the UK as it prepares to leave the EU. It's increasingly looking like a Road to Nowhere.

“The UK government's Brexit wish list has already been dismissed by the EU as vague aspirations, and the only clarity from today’s speech is that any arrangement will be poorer – and leave the UK permanently worse off – than remaining in the single market and customs union.

"Theresa May's speech offered no serious or significant clarity on the issue of the Irish hard border, the rights of EU nationals in the UK, recognising the risks to the devolution settlement which is at risk of a power grab and reassurances to Scotland's agriculture and fishing communities in a post-Brexit UK.

“The UK government’s own economic analysis shows that under the three likely scenarios of leaving the EU, the UK’s economy will be worse off costing jobs and hitting public services.

“The EU’s position is clear. It’s about time the UK government came back down to reality and brought forward a plan to address those five key issues. The clock is ticking, there is only so long that the UK government can kick these issues into the long grass.”

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