2nd February 2017

Hard Tory Brexit Vote Carried: SNP Oppose Whilst Whimpering Labour Abstain

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Stirling MP Steven Paterson has voted against the UK Government’s Bill to trigger Article 50 – the formal process for leaving the European Union – and has slammed the Tory Government for its refusal to take the Scottish electorate seriously and Labour for supporting it.

The SNP tabled an amendment that called for the UK Government to produce a detailed White Paper on their plans for leaving the EU. Labour abstained and the amendment fell by 336 votes to 100.

MPs voted to approve a Second Reading of the Government’s Bill by 498 to 114, with Labour supporting the Tory Government.

Commenting, Steven Paterson said:

“This is a dark day for Scotland and the majority of constituents that I represent who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union last June. The fact that MPs were expected to vote on a Government Bill before any White Paper has been produced is an utter shambles and purposefully kept elected MPs in the dark about the Government’s plans.

“The sell-out Labour Party opted for abstention on the SNP amendment requiring clarity from the Government, and in the end, they joined the Tories to push through their Hard Brexit agenda. 

“Throughout this process, political connivance has been at play from Labour and the Tories. Despite the Scottish Government taking a constructive approach to exiting the EU, and putting forward a detailed proposal that would protect Scotland’s national interest as well as the rights and privileges we voted to keep, the UK Government has merely signalled the hardest possible Brexit that would put an estimated 80,000 Scottish jobs at risk.

“Labour’s support of the Tories tonight will be long remembered.”