Wed 30 Dec, 2020

This Brexit has no mandate, it was won on half-truths and worse, and is being delivered by incompetent hubris. We will reject this deal because we still believe there is a better option for Scotland, the UK and for Europe, where we can shape our own future. Patrick Harvie

The Scottish Greens have confirmed they will not vote to give Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal consent.

It is expected that Holyrood will refuse to give legislative consent to the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal today. The UK Government will then ignore this and drag Scotland out of Europe, supported by the Labour party at Westminster.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “The Scottish Greens refuse to accept this false choice between a calamitous no-deal and the Prime Minister’s version, which still drags Scotland out of Europe, losing vital rights and protections as well as the ability for our students to study abroad as part of the Erasmus plus scheme.

“This Brexit has no mandate, it was won on half-truths and worse, and is being delivered by incompetent hubris. We will reject this deal because we still believe there is a better option for Scotland, the UK and for Europe, where we can shape our own future.

“By enabling this right-wing Brexit on terms dictated by Boris Johnson, Westminster is ignoring the will of Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union. Scottish Labour’s position is a muddle, with MPs backing this right-wing Brexit and activists denouncing those who vote against it.

“Even by the UK Government’s own analysis, this deal will make Scotland poorer. In the long run, I’m confident Scotland’s path is to take our own seat at the European table as an independent nation.”

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