Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans

The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament.

The backtracking PM said at PMQs (forward to 20:05):

“in looking at negotiations, it would not be right for me or this government to give a ‘running commentary’ on negotiations and it would not be right for us to pre-judge those negotiations.”

Despite Theresa May’s proclamation “we are respecting the views of the people of the United Kingdom” The SNPs Angus Robertson made clear

“We on these benches respect the views of the people of Scotland who voted to remain in the EU.”

The SNP leader at Westminster went on to ask simply “Do you want the UK to remain a full member of the European single market” to which the PM refused to give a straight answer.

The Tory PM has a good chuckle as she excludes Scotland's viewpoint.
The Tory PM has a good chuckle as she excludes Scotland’s viewpoint.

Meanwhile the betrayal and plan for secrecy was further confirmed yesterday by the Secretary of State for Leaving the EU David Davis, over in the unelected House of Lords who said,

“Clearly there is a need for Parliament to be informed without giving away our negotiating position. I may not be able to tell you everything, even in private hearings.”

The Tories have backed themselves into a juxtaposition as they simultaneously demand in-depth projections from the SNP on a future independent Scotland (as they did during the 2014 independence campaign) but conversely have decided that there is no need for opposition parties or the wider public to be informed about how a future outside the EU may look or indeed have a say in that future.

So much for the Scottish Government being kept in the loop and “fully engaged in our discussions and our considerations” as Ruth Davidson is also setting up a Tory only group to decide, “how best to ensure Scotland, as part of the UK, manages both the risks and opportunities of its post-EU future.”

Scotland is about to be taken out of the EU against its will and an increasingly Machiavellian Tory party refuses to accept any dissenting view in Scotland. Regardless of the effect on the right for Scots to travel freely and work in the EU, the many risk factors to jobs, collaborative science we are told we cannot afford to be independent, albeit based on the bad job the union has done. This latest breach of trust is the latest in a long line since the vow and it appears once again we are being told to go back in the box and accept what this extreme right-wing government decide and have Scottish views ignored.

All this, as the 1st Report on the EU referendum result and its implications for Scotland is published by the Scottish Parliament.



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