SNP ‘absolutely’ opposed to triggering Article 50

Posted On: 
23rd January 2017

There are no circumstances in which SNP MPs would vote to trigger Article 50, according to the party’s Brexit minister.

Michael Russell said he "can't conceive" of conditions in which SNP members would vote to begin EU withdrawal.
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Mike Russell said he “can't conceive of circumstances” in which the nationalists would vote to begin the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Speaking on Sunday Politics Scotland, he said: "I can't conceive of circumstances in which we would support the triggering of Article 50.

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"As I say, the triggering not only takes this forward in an unacceptable way, it declares the type of country that Theresa May wants this country to be.

"That's not the country that I and my colleagues, and indeed all of Scotland, want it to be."

Theresa May has previously pledged to consult each of the four nations prior to pulling out of the 28 member bloc.

Mrs May said: "From the start I've been determined that the Scottish government should be fully engaged in the process and my commitment remains absolute."

However she previously said it would be solely her Westminster government negotiating Britain’s exit.

“Because we voted in the referendum as one United Kingdom, we will negotiate as one United Kingdom, and we will leave the European Union as one United Kingdom,” she said.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched a paper of Scottish demands for the Prime Minister to consider, including continued membership of the single market, a policy which Theresa May recently vowed to ditch after Brexit.