Monday, 08 October 2018 17:28


Ian Blackford MP has told the SNP's conference the party will not be complicit in a blind or no-deal Brexit. 

The SNP Westminster Leader said Theresa May was "attempting to play a dangerous game of Russian roulette" over Brexit.

Addressing delegates in Glasgow, Mr Blackford said:

"The SNP will not sit back and allow Scotland to be dragged out of the single market and customs union against its will. We will not be complicit in a blind - or a no deal Brexit.

"The Tories are on a reckless mission to trash our economy. Their self-destructive policies on Brexit, austerity and immigration threaten serious and lasting harm.

"An extreme Brexit threatens £2,300 lost from every person in Scotland; 80,000 Scottish jobs destroyed; the door shut to talented EU workers and our economy smaller, weaker and poorer.

"The people of Scotland didn’t vote for this Tory government, they didn’t vote to have a referendum on leaving the EU, they didn’t vote for Brexit, they didn’t vote for a hard Brexit and they certainly didn’t vote to come crashing out of the EU with no deal.

"Time and time again, the SNP and others have fought to ensure that Scotland’s remain vote is respected in the EU negotiations – but the Tory Cabinet is completely in thrall to the hardline Brexiteers who could not care less about jobs, living standards and public services in Scotland.

"People in Scotland are sick of the Tory government telling them what to do. 

"We have proved willing to work to find solutions with Westminster. We have warned the Prime Minister of the turmoil and terrifying damage her Brexit will bring to the people of Scotland. 

"We have been clear, the unprecedented economic damage can only be prevented by staying in the Single Market and the Customs Union. But the Prime Minister continues to duck and dive her responsibilities.

"The Prime Minister prefers to hide behind rhetoric rather than face reality.

"I put the Prime Minister on notice here today - we will not support any deal that threatens Scottish jobs and living standards."

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