Vote stunt to aid case for in­de­pen­dence

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Gareth Rose

THE SNP will use a grand­stand­ing vote on Brexit this week to bol­ster the case for in­de­pen­dence.

Four par­ties have backed a mo­tion to be de­bated in Holy­rood, op­pos­ing Theresa May’s With­drawal Agree­ment.

It will have no im­pact on the ac­tual vote at West­min­ster next week, which could de­cide the terms on which the UK leaves the EU.

But if that passes, Ni­cola Stur­geon will use the Holy­rood mo­tion to ‘strengthen the case’ for in­de­pen­dence.

Last night, the Tories ac­cused Scot­tish Labour and the Scot­tish Lib Dems, who have backed the Holy­rood mo­tion, of be­ing ‘Ni­cola’s lit­tle helpers’. The mo­tion ar­gues that the Prime Min­is­ter’s pro­pos­als ‘would be dam­ag­ing for Scot­land and the na­tions and re­gions of the UK as a whole, and there­fore rec­om­mends that they be re­jected and that a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive be taken for­ward’. It is al­most cer­tain that the mo­tion will be passed by MSPs.

The Scot­tish par­lia­ment had pre­vi­ously voted against the With­drawal Bill, the UK leg­is­la­tion for trans­fer­ring pow­ers from Brus­sels to West­min­ster and Holy­rood. Nei­ther that vote, nor the one to take place on Wed­nes­day, is bind­ing. But the SNP will use them to stoke up grievance in its bid for a se­cond vote on in­de­pen­dence.

Ms Stur­geon has said she will make a de­ci­sion on such a ref­er­en­dum once the terms of Brexit are clearer.

Scot­tish Tory deputy leader Jack­son Car­law said: ‘Right from the morn­ing af­ter the Brexit vote, the SNP has sought to use the vote in their re­lent­less push for a se­cond ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence. Two years on, they are still at it.

‘Richard Leonard [Scot­tish Labour leader] and Wil­lie Ren­nie [Scot­tish Lib Dem leader] could eas­ily have cho­sen to make their own case, with­out sid­ing with the SNP. In­stead they are act­ing as Ni­cola’s lit­tle helpers.’

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