Saturday, 29 December 2018 18:36


The “abject failure” of the Westminster establishment to respect Scotland’s interests over the past year has been a “powerful demonstration of why Scotland needs independence”, SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown has said.

Over the past year, the UK government’s incompetent approach to Brexit negotiations has left the UK’s political establishment in chaos as March 2019 approaches.
In 2018, the UK government has:

  • Ignored repeated attempts by the Scottish Government to pursue a compromise option of single market and customs union membership – the best option for jobs and household incomes short of EU membership
  • Proposed a deal that could see Northern Ireland given a competitive advantage over Scotland
  • Attacked devolution by changing UK law after the fact to undermine Holyrood’s cross-party attempt to prepare Scotland’s laws for Brexit
  • Opposed the efforts by Scottish politicians to establish whether the UK can revoke Article 50 – giving us crucial clarity over future options
  • Delayed a vote on the proposed Withdrawal Agreement to protect the Prime Minister – and recklessly pushing the UK closer to a No Deal Brexit

Meanwhile, Labour has been “divided and opportunistic” over Brexit – showing that a change in government at Westminster would not be enough to respect Scotland’s interests.

Commenting, Keith Brown said:

“The past year has been eye-opening – with the dysfunctional, self-serving and childish approach of the Westminster establishment on full view as never before. 

“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, and our voice and interests have been side-lined from day one.

“The contrast with independent Ireland – who have received overwhelming support and solidarity from other EU nations – has been startling.

“While we would welcome an early General Election, the sad fact is Labour have been just as divided and opportunistic over Brexit as the Tories have.

“Only independence will put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands – rather than being stuck with a failing Westminster.”

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