SNP lead­ers ac­cused of ‘tragic mis-step’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS | POLITICS -

SNP lead­ers have been ac­cused of a “tragic com­edy of mis-steps” over their de­ci­sion to sup­port Boris Johnson’s gen­eral elec­tion of­fer.

Western Isles MP An­gus Bren­dan Mac­Neil said a De­cem­ber elec­tion, which was first pro­posed by the SNP and Lib­eral Democrats over the week­end, could lead to “decades of Boris”.

Mr Mac­Neil, who was the only SNP MP to vote against a pre-Christ­mas poll last night, with the rest of his col­leagues ab­stain­ing, said: “Any elec­tion now will be a proxy Brexit ref­er­en­dum and hard Brexit could be won in six weeks on only 35% to 40% of the vote.

“We should not be giv­ing Boris Johnson the cut-and-run elec­tion he wants.

“As chair of the Com­mons In­ter­na­tional

Trade Com­mit­tee, I have heard mul­ti­ple first-hand pri­vate fears of Brexit from lots of UK man­u­fac­tur­ing.

“Ac­cord­ing to MakeUK there are 2.4 mil­lion man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs and Brexit risks a mil­lion of them, they say.

“Boris Johnson doesn’t care about a mil­lion jobs, only his own.

“I would have kept him in a cage and a pris­oner of Par­lia­ment some months longer un­til his hon­ey­moon pe­riod, which all new prime min­is­ters have, comes to an end.

“Ob­vi­ously for Scot­land in these danger­ous times the only choice at the com­ing elec­tion is to vote SNP.”

SNP West­min­ster leader Ian Black­ford, asked what sanc­tion there would be for any SNP MP who de­fied the party whip in yes­ter­day’s vote, said he would not dis­cuss “what we will do on an in­ter­nal ba­sis”.

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