Ian Blackford MP

Tories Hardening Brexit Plans Underline The Need for Independence

The SNP has said devastating Tory threats for the “hardest of Brexits” underlines the need for Scotland to become an independent country – after Boris Johnson proposed to impose a no deal Brexit.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s claim that crashing out of the EU with no-deal would be a “good outcome” and the news of Tory plans to pass legislation overriding the withdrawal treaty, Ian Blackford MP (pictured) said independence was the only way to protect Scotland’s place in Europe.

The SNP Westminster Leader said the Tory plans showed Boris Johnson “can’t be trusted” and was threatening the Scottish and UK economy with a catastrophic blow.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“Boris Johnson’s reckless plans for the hardest of Brexits would be devastating for Scotland, causing lasting damage to Scottish jobs and the economy in the middle of a pandemic.

“By threatening to undermine the UK’s international treaty obligations and impose a catastrophic no-deal Brexit on Scotland against our will, the Prime Minister is proving he cannot be trusted and is underlining the need for Scotland to become an independent country.

“Scotland has been completely ignored by Westminster throughout the Brexit process.

“It is increasingly clear that the UK will now be leaving the EU with either a very bad deal or no deal at all – either of which would be a disaster for Scotland.

“With the Tories hardening their Brexit plans and threatening Scotland with a power grab, it is clearer than ever that the only way to protect Scotland’s economic interests and our place in Europe is to become an independent country.”