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TORIES AND LABOUR JOIN FORCES AT HOLYROOD ON BREXIT
16 Jan 2019
LABOUR ‘POSTED MISSING’ ON BIGGEST POLITICAL ISSUE FACING SCOTLAND
The Labour Party in Scotland have joined forces with the Tories against the wishes of the Scottish people, by refusing to rule out the threat of a no-deal Brexit.
During a debate on Scotland’s Future Economy, the SNP called on the UK Government to ‘rule out a no deal Brexit,’ which would be a disaster for jobs, household incomes, and investment in Scotland.
The SNP amendment was passed by 70 to 47, with the Green Party and Liberal Democrats supporting the amendment, and the Tories and Labour Party voting against the motion to rule out a no-deal Brexit.
Shona Robison MSP said:
“The Labour party has consistently failed to lift a finger to oppose Tory threats of a hard Brexit; it’s little wonder that the polls are saying support for Labour in Scotland would slump to just 15% if they continue down this path.
“With the incompetence of this blundering Tory party on show for all to see, and neither Jeremy Corbyn nor Richard Leonard able to offer a straight answer on their Brexit plans, the SNP will continue to fight for what’s best for Scotland’s future.
“The Labour Party have been posted missing on the biggest political challenge facing our country. They have never seemed more out of touch with their own party – let alone the rest of the country.”
“The pressure is on for Labour to give the people a say and back a second referendum – they need to decide where they stand, before it is too late.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
*S5M-15390.3 Derek Mackay: Scotland’s Future Economy — As an amendment to motion S5M-15390 in the name of Richard Leonard (Scotland’s Future Economy), insert at end "; urges the UK Government to support Scottish industry by providing an additional £388 million to match the Scottish Government’s commitment of £1,584 million to deals and additional investments in city regions; recognises that the biggest threat to Scotland’s economy, including its industrial sector, is leaving the EU, and calls on the UK Government to rule out a no deal Brexit.”