16 March, 2017 - 13:16

This seems like a transparent attempt to deny European citizens living here, and the Scottish people as a whole, a vote on our collective future at the critical moment. Ross Greer MSP

Responding to Theresa May's comment that "now is not the time" for a referendum on Scotland's independence, Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

"Scotland deserves to choose between the isolated, angry Brexit Britain planned by the Tories and putting our future in our own hands with independence. If a Tory Westminster Government that Scotland did not elect seriously think they can block our right to choose - and that they can veto a decision of our elected parliament – they will only increase support for independence. Today's comments underline the contemptuous attitude the Tories have toward Scotland.

“It is quite clear that the Brexit deal will be known by autumn 2018, following comments from Europe’s lead negotiators. For a government dragging Scotland through a hard Brexit without a mandate and after an EU referendum where no details were presented it reeks of hypocrisy to say we have to wait. This seems like a transparent attempt to deny European citizens living here, and the Scottish people as a whole, a vote on our collective future at the critical moment."

 

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