Daniel McCroskrie

Con­ser­va­tive, Western Isles

The Oban Times - - Election Special -

I sup­port the po­si­tion of Theresa May to leave the Euro­pean Union but to en­ter the ne­go­ti­a­tions to seek the best pos­si­ble deal for the UK. That means en­sur­ing we can con­tinue to trade freely with our Euro­pean neigh­bours but also get a deal that works for the whole of the UK.

In the Western Isles, both the croft­ing and fishing com­mu­ni­ties are keen to en­sure a suc­cess­ful Brexit deal oc­curs. Only the Con­ser­va­tives want to see a suc­cess­ful Brexit deal and, as the MP for these is­lands, I would work tire­lessly to en­sure we get a solid deal. Back in 2014, the SNP promised that the first ref­er­en­dum would be a once-in-a- gen­er­a­tion vote. In fact, it signed the Ed­in­burgh Agree­ment which stated that it would be ‘a re­sult that ev­ery­one will re­spect’. The SNP and Ni­cola Stur­geon haven’t re­spected that vote.

They hope to re­run the ref­er­en­dum over and over again un­til they get the re­sult they want. Labour and the Lib­eral Democrats have been in­cred­i­bly un­con­vinc­ing in their sup­port for the Union, with Labour leader Kezia Dugdale un­able to take a solid and con­sis­tent stance on the mat­ter. The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive and Union­ist Party is now the only voice for those who do not want an­other ref­er­en­dum.

One of the big­gest lo­cal is­sues is whether or not a sub­sea in­ter­con­nec­tor can be in­stalled be­tween the Western Isles and the main­land. The UK govern­ment rightly held a re­view on how it funds re­new­able projects in the last par­lia­ment but, un­for­tu­nately, the gen­eral elec­tion has paused the out­come. In my first year, I want to en­sure the re­view is com­pleted as soon as pos­si­ble.

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