‘SNP needs to work with West­min­ster’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

The SNP needs to work with the UK Govern­ment to get Brexit-ready, Scot­tish Sec­re­tary David Mun­dell has urged.

Mr Mun­dell said he wanted to be fo­cused on “out­come, not process” and called for an end to po­lit­i­cal point scor­ing over the is­sue.

He said: “We’ve made sub­stan­tial progress in re­cent weeks in terms of dis­cussing what should hap­pen with pow­ers com­ing back from Brus­sels and with UK frame­works.

“Now is not the time for con­jur­ing con­sti­tu­tional griev­ances. Now is the time for work­ing to­gether, con­struc­tively, as the peo­ple of Scot­land ex­pect from their two gov­ern­ments.

“It is time, too, for the Scot­tish Govern­ment to lift their eyes above and be­yond the Brexit process and con­sider future op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

In­ter­na­tional Trade Sec­re­tary Liam Fox has claimed he can repli­cate the 40 EU ex­ist­ing free trade agree­ments on Brexit day.

Now, Mr Mun­dell has said Scot­land must also start look­ing out­wards at trade deals.

He high­lighted his re­cent trip to Ar­gentina to talk to its whisky and oil sec­tors.

SNP West­min­ster econ­omy spokes­woman Kirsty Black­man MP said: “In­stead of at­tempt­ing to is­sue lu­di­crous de­crees from on high, David Mun­dell should be pledg­ing that he and other Scot­tish Tory MPs will stand up for Scot­land’s in­ter­ests when it comes to Brexit. Those MPs should be putting coun­try be­fore party by voting to pro­tect Scot­land’s place in the sin­gle mar­ket.“The SNP has al­ready laid out am­bi­tious plans for the year ahead – it’s about time David Mun­dell did the same.”

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