MP puts name to ‘back Brexit’ let­ter

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two op­pos­ing camps at a time when we should be com­ing to­gether.

`A sec­ond EU ref­er­en­dum would em­power the sep­a­ratist cause and strengthen Nicola Stur­geon’s plans for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence. No Union­ist would want to risk that.

`The par­al­lels are clear to see but they are avoid­able.

“By act­ing in the na­tional in­ter­est and back­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s deal we can se­cure our fu­ture out­side of the EU and avoid turbo charg­ing Ms Stur­geon’s drive to­wards in­de­pen­dence.

“That is clearly in the best in­ter­ests of Scot­land and the whole of the UK and we would urge all MPs to sup­port this deal.’

Ten of the Con­ser­va­tives’ 13 Scot­tish MPs signed the let­ter in­clud­ing Ochil and South Perthshire MP Luke Gra­ham. Stir­ling MSP Bruce Craw­ford said Con­ser­va­tive Gov­ern­ment’s own anal­y­sis had shown peo­ple will be worse off un­der Mrs May’s Brexit deal – with Scot­land be­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ately im­pacted.

“This deal has lit­tle sup­port, and crash­ing out of the EU with no deal is un­think­able.

“With West­min­ster al­most at stale­mate, it is only right that power is handed back to the peo­ple to de­cide how we move for­ward in a Peo­ple’s Vote. And, given what we now know in terms of what leav­ing the EU means to our liveli­hoods, Remain should be an op­tion.

“How­ever, it is pe­cu­liar that the big­gest con­cern for Scot­tish Tory MPs is not pro­tect­ing Scot­land’s econ­omy but rather keep­ing us bound in a po­lit­i­cal union with the United King­dom no mat­ter what.”

Stir­ling4Europe spokesman Alas­tair Dun­can said much has been learned in the two and a half years since that ref­er­en­dum.

“Mrs May’s deal recog­nises that for the sake of peace in Ire­land, the bor­der must remain open and equally that jobs and pros­per­ity in the UK de­pend on our trade with the EU,” he said.

“Hence the Ir­ish back­stop from which the UK can­not uni­lat­er­ally with­draw and shared trad­ing stan­dards with the EU which US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his UK am­bas­sador have said rule out the chances of a trade deal with the US.

“So much for the il­lu­sory promise that by leav­ing the EU we would some­how `take back con­trol’.

“In fact, we would in­crease our pros­per­ity, guar­an­tee peace in Ire­land and have more con­trol – by rule-mak­ers rather than rule-tak­ers – if we stayed in the EU.”

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