Wednesday, 06 February 2019 14:04



SNP Foreign Affairs spokesperson Stephen Gethins has said European Council President Donald Tusk “hit the nail on the head” with his remarks after a meeting with Irish premier Leo Varadkar.

During a press conference, Tusk said “I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”

Reacting to comments from European Council President Donald Tusk, SNP Foreign Affairs and Europe spokesperson Stephen Gethins MP said:

“The charlatans and chancers who led the Leave campaign did not even have the decency to set out their plans before the vote, which has led directly to the uncertainty and damage that we face today. The Council President has hit the nail on the head with his remarks.

“Before any election or referendum, it is a basic part of democracy that those seeking office or a change set out their proposals in a Manifesto or White Paper and can then be held to account based on what was said before a vote. Yet those who campaigned for Leave, including senior UK government Ministers, failed even in this basic democratic requirement.

“Their action stands in stark contrast to the Scottish Government that rightly opened up its plans to full scrutiny by producing a 650-page White Paper and other position papers ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum.

“Providing a blueprint for future plans as well as means of accountability is responsible politics. Instead, with Brexit, we are faced with a situation where even the UK Government itself is warning of food and medicine shortages and the loss hundreds of thousands of jobs and a massive economic hit.

“We are facing the worst crisis in peace-time because of senior Government figures failing to hold themselves to account for their actions or have a plan for what comes next other than holding the Tory party together. All the while the Labour party acts as a willing accomplice in inflicting this economic devastation.

“The rest of Europe can clearly see that it is all of us in the UK who are paying the price for their continued failure.”

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