Pais­ley MP Mhairi hits out at Prime Min­is­ter for Brexit deal ‘non­sense’

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Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s claim that MPs must choose be­tween her deal or a no-deal Brexit has been la­belled a“piece of non­sense” by the SNP’s Mhairi Black.

The MP for Pais­ley and Ren­frew­shire South said the Prime Min­is­ter had a num­ber of other op­tions if she chose to look at them.

She called the With­drawal Agree­ment an “ap­palling deal for my con­stituents”and said Mrs May’s ap­proach had ig­nored the in­ter­ests of Scot­land.

Ms Black be­gan her speech in the Com­mons de­bate on the Brexit deal by say­ing she wanted to ex­plain her“views on this mad­ness as bluntly and sim­ply as pos­si­ble”.

“Since long be­fore the ink had even dried on the text, the Prime Min­is­ter has been try­ing to cre­ate this nar­ra­tive that it’s a choice be­tween her deal and no deal,”she said.

“But the Prime Min­is­ter clearly has op­tions be­yond her deal and no deal, she could ask for an ex­ten­sion of Ar­ti­cle 50, she could keep us in the sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union, or she could take the choice back to the peo­ple.

“So to say it’s her deal or no deal is a piece of non­sense.

“And what she’s fail­ing to say to the pub­lic is that she’s de­lib­er­ately man­u­fac­tured things to ap­pear that way, in a cyn­i­cal at­tempt to save her own skin.”

The Scot­tish na­tion­al­ist said after the 2014 in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum her party was promised to be treated as part of the UK’s “fam­ily of na­tions”.

“But when Scot­land votes to re­main in the EU it is cast as ir­rel­e­vant, Scot­land is treated as a re­gion,”she said.

Claim­ing the Holy­rood gov­ern­ment’s “sen­si­ble sug­ges­tions”were dis­missed, she added that“if union­ist mem­bers truly be­lieve that Scot­land should be sub­ject to an Eng­lish and Welsh EU re­sult, then they con­cede that we are not a fam­ily of na­tions and that to West­min­ster, Scot­land is no bet­ter than a prov­ince”.

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