Escalating Brexit crisis shows Scotland needs option of independence in EU

The escalating Brexit crisis shows the need for Scotland to be given the option of becoming an independent member of the EU, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.

Speaking in Holyrood this afternoon in response to last night's Commons defeat of the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, Mr Harvie said:

"The clear majority of MSPs are united in opposing Brexit, demanding a People’s Vote, and having no confidence in a UK Government which has shown incompetence of historic proportions. That agreement is a remarkable contrast with the confusion at Westminster, but it is also in the self-evident interests of the people we represent.

"But the Brexit crisis has also shown - ever more clearly as the chaos has escalated - that the UK political landscape itself is broken. Regardless of whether Brexit can be stopped or is ultimately forced upon us, the people of Scotland deserve the chance to reject the absurdities of Westminster where Scotland is clearly held in such contempt and instead chart a course to becoming an independent member of the EU."