SNa h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil says Scotland has the option to escape the chaos of Brexit through independence.
Mr MacNeil and his colleagues at Westminster have fought hard to ensure Scotland’s voice is heard in the Brexit process but the UK Tory Government have refused to move on extending Article 50; have refused to rule out a devastating No Deal scenario; and have refused to hold a second EU referendum.
Mr MacNeil said: “Last week I voted against the Prime Minister’s economically damaging Brexit deal, a deal which was overwhelmingly defeated and she came back to Parliament yesterday without any fundamental changes to her deal and with no commitment to any meaningful dialogue with opposition parties and devolved Governments.
“I believe that Scotland has an obvious way out of this Brexit nightmare and that is through independence.”
Mr MacNeil has been inundated with emails and letters from constituents wishing to express their concerns about Brexit.
He pointed out that the UK Government has shown no understanding of some of the fundamental issues facing Scotland post Brexit including how proposed arrangements will affect the fishing industry.
He said: “I asked the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox MP last week about the disadvantage facing the Scottish industry compared to the Northern Irish industry post Brexit. Fish landed in Northern Ireland will be in a more advantaged position for export to Europe than fish caught and landed in Scotland for export to Europe.
“But Mr Cox couldn’t see the difference between fishing quotas and fish as a marketable product which will incur tariffs after Brexit. I asked the Prime Minister a similar question on this in July and she also failed to answer or show any understanding of this issue.”
He added: “The UK Government have shown more respect to, and have engaged more with the Government of Ireland than they have with the Government of Scotland. This shows that independence gives you power, a voice and respect. We know already that in Scotland, the EU is more popular than the UK.”