Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:42


David Mundell is looking “increasingly delusional” as he continues to argue the UK government’s position is consistent with his previously stated red lines. 

Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Mr Mundell denied that his red lines had been breached when challenged over his failure to resign. 

The Scottish Secretary and Ruth Davidson said in October that any deal which gave Northern Ireland special status would be a red line issue. They said: “We could not support any deal that creates a border of any kind in the Irish Sea” or “leads to Northern Ireland having a different relationship with the EU than the rest of the UK”.

Legal advice revealed by the UK government yesterday confirmed that, if the backstop is activated, Northern Ireland would effectively remain in the single market for goods – with the rest of the UK treated as a third country. 

Commenting, SNP MSP Tom Arthur said:

“David Mundell is increasingly delusional and is fast becoming the Comical Ali of Brexit.

“The UK government’s legal advice confirms what we already knew – that Theresa May’s deal doesn’t just breach Mundell’s red line, it demolishes it. 

“If David Mundell had a shred of credibility he would have resigned weeks ago, but instead is hanging on and claiming black is white. 

“Brexit will make Scotland and the UK poorer. That is a fact. If there is any chance to remain in the EU then we should grasp it, or we must at least remain within Europe's single market – eight times the size of the UK alone.”

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