SHAMEFUL CAPITULATION” TO TORIES ON EU
Labour should apologise to voters for their shameful capitulation to the Tories on Brexit, after their single Scottish MP Ian Murray claimed – bizarrely and falsely – that the SNP had no mandate for independence referendum.
The claims from Mr Murray come despite the SNP manifesto, on which the party was resoundingly re-elected last May, stating explicitly that the Scottish Parliament had the right to call a referendum if Scotland faced being dragged out of the EU against its will. Scotland voted decisively to remain in the EU, and only one Scottish MP out of 59 voted to trigger Article 50 – yet Scotland now faces the prospect of a Tory hard Brexit outside the single market.
Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:
“Labour’s conference anthem should be ‘we’ll keep the white flag flying here’ – their stance is a shameful capitulation to the Tories on Brexit.
“They should apologise to voters for that, and for now trying to mislead people over the clear democratic mandate the SNP Government has for an independence referendum, should that be deemed necessary to protect our vital national interests.
“Just last year, the SNP won an unprecedented third term in government on a manifesto that specifically said the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold a referendum if Scotland was taken out of the EU against our will.
“There is a clear, unequivocal democratic mandate. To deny that mandate is to deny reality.
“Scotland as a whole voted by a 24-point margin to remain in Europe, and only one Scottish MP out of 59 voted to trigger Article 50., but a right-wing Tory government that now thinks it can do what it wants to Scotland and get away with it is intent on dragging us out of Europe against our will.
“That is a democratic outrage, and one the SNP will fight tooth and nail while Labour cower on the sidelines.”