15 May 2018
Nicola Sturgeon “wants a crisis” over Brexit – after the SNP led a revolt on the EU withdrawal bill in Holyrood today.
The nationalists are expected to be joined by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens in voting to the reject the UK Government’s Brexit bill later this afternoon.
This is despite the Welsh Government agreeing terms on the same deal, and senior Liberal Democrat figures hailing the offer.
Now Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Adam Tomkins has said the SNP was inviting a crisis on Brexit, as it was the best way for the party to push its own independence agenda.
Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Adam Tomkins said:
“A deal is there to be done on Brexit. It is deeply regrettable that the SNP has refused to take it.
“Scottish Labour’s position simply doesn’t make sense; in Wales, the Labour administration has today backed this deal yet, here in Scotland, Richard Leonard is content to do the SNP’s bidding.
“As for the Lib Dems, they admitted today that they weren’t even voting on the Brexit withdrawal deal, but because they don’t back the EU referendum result.
“It’s patently obvious that Nicola Sturgeon wants a political crisis to provide cover for her independence drive.
“We will stand up for anyone – Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem – who wants to see the SNP challenged and taken on.
“The SNP has taken the wrong path today. It’s deeply disappointing that the leaders of Labour and the Lib Dems have helped them do it.”