An­gus Bren­dan Mac­Neil

SNP, Western Isles

The Oban Times - - Election Special -

The UK is be­ing led into a hard Brexit by the Tory govern­ment and that is why it is so im­por­tant that there is a strong voice in op­po­si­tion. Only by re­turn­ing SNP MPs will Scot­land have the voice it needs at this time.

Brexit and leav­ing the sin­gle mar­ket will pro­vide huge chal­lenges, and per­haps op­por­tu­ni­ties, across the coun­try in the years to come. Theresa May knows that any Brexit deal she makes will not have mar­ket ac­cess as good as we cur­rently have, and meat and fish ex­ports could face sub­stan­tial tar­iffs to get to mar­ket.

In 2014, Scot­land was told to vote no to stay in the EU so the re­sult of 2014 has been changed ut­terly. The sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum can be seen as a lifeboat for Scot­land, a way for us to pros­per like Ire­land, Ice­land, Nor­way, Den­mark with dou­ble to four times the growth of the UK. Some of these coun­tries are in the EU, some are out but all are in the sin­gle mar­ket.

I would ad­vise peo­ple to vote for in­de­pen­dence when the op­por­tu­nity comes.

If peo­ple do in­deed want to go down with the ship, they are free to vote no when the time comes but they shouldn’t be against the Scot­tish peo­ple be­ing given the choice, as the im­pli­ca­tions of Brexit will be great.

It is key that the peo­ple of Scot­land are able to have a say on what fu­ture they face.

I would con­tinue to be part of a strong op­po­si­tion and will work hard to hold the UK govern­ment to ac­count and to speak up for Scot­land.

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