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YOU HAVE NO VETO! May blasts SNP as Angus Robertson moans Scots left from Brexit plans

THERESA May shot down Scotland’s attempts to derail Brexit as the SNP’s Angus Robertson accused the Prime Minister of going against her word and leaving Scotland out of plans.

The Prime Minister immediately slapped down Scotland having a vote on the final deal during the last PMQ’s before the half-term recess.SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson asked if the Government will “carry on regardless” if the devolved administrations including Scotland reject the Brexit deal.

He added y vowed not to trigger Article 50 “until she had an agreed UK-wide approach”

The Supreme Court was very clear that the Scottish Parliament does not have a veto on the triggering of Article 50

Theresa May

He said: “When the Prime Minister was in Edinburgh on July 15 last year, she pledged that she would, and I quote, ‘not trigger Article 50 until she had an agreed UK-wide approach’.”So given that the Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly against her approach, and all bar one MP representing a Scottish constituency in this House of Commons voted against her approach, she does not have an agreed UK-wide approach.”

Responding, Mrs May said: “First of all, the Supreme Court was very clear that the Scottish Parliament does not have a veto on the triggering of Article 50. The Bill that is going through the House obviously is giving the power to the Government to trigger Article 50.

PMQs: Theresa May shot down Angus Robertson over Scotland's involvement in BrexitBBC

PMQs: Theresa May shot down Angus Robertson over Scotland’s involvement in Brexit


“I would also remind him of this point because he constantly refers to the interests of Scotland inside the European Union. An independent Scotland would not be in the European Union.”Mr Robertson, the SNP MP for Moraysaid: “If the United Kingdom is a partnership of equals, will the Prime Minister compromise like the Scottish Government and reach a negotiated agreement before invoking Article 50 or will she just carry on regardless?”

Mrs May said the UK Government had a mandate to negotiate on behalf of all its nations but she was committed to working with the devolved administrations.

Theresa May traded blows with Jeremy Corbyn over the NHSBBC

Theresa May traded blows with Jeremy Corbyn over the NHS


SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson accused the Prime Minister of going back on her wordPARLIAMENT

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson accused the Prime Minister of going back on her word


She told MPs: “We have put in place the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) arrangements through various commitments which enable us to work closely with the devolved administrations to identify the particular issues that they want to see represented as we put our views together.”We have said we will intensify the discussions within that JMC arrangement and that is exactly what we will be doing.”

It comes as MSPs voted by 90 to 34 to oppose the UK Government starting the process to leave the European Union during a largely symbolic vote in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

A majority of Scots backed staying in the EU in last year’s referendum and the ruling SNP, which lost a bid for independence in 2014, has said there should be another vote on the issue if its views on Brexit are rejected in upcoming divorce negotiations with Brussels.

A new poll has revealed support for Scottish independence  has increased following Mrs May’s “hard Brexit” speech.The BMG survey for the Herald shows 49 per cent of Scots back independence while 51 per cent want to stay in the UK, when the “don’t knows” are excluded.

When the 10 per cent undecided are included, 43 per cent would vote Yes and 45 per cent No.

The gap has narrowed since a similar poll last month which showed 45.5 per cent were Yes supporters and 54.5 per cent backed No, almost the same result as the 2014 referendum of 45 per cent Yes to 55 per cent No.

The clash came during a rowdy PMQ’s which saw the Prime Minister challenged on the NHS, EU citizens in Britain and an alleged backdoor plot by the Government to stop a council tax hike in Surrey.

Mrs May was hoping to send Brexiteers off with a smile for half-term recess before MPs vote later on giving the Prime Minister the power to trigger the start of Britain’s divorce talks with the EU.Last night, the  as backbenchers threatened to derail the Prime Minister’s timetable for leaving the EU by forcing further votes on the exit deal.

But Mrs May quashed the revolt after the Government promised MPs will get a chance to vote on the deal before the European Parliament votes on the agreement.

Brexit minister David Jones told MPs: “The Government has repeatedly from this despatch box committed to a vote on the final deal – a vote in both Houses before that deal comes into force.

“This, I repeat and confirm, will cover not only the withdrawal agreement but also the future arrangement that we propose with the European Union.

Theresa May leaves Downing Street ahead of PMQsPA

Theresa May leaves Downing Street ahead of PMQs


The Prime Minister leaves Number 10 for the last PMQs before the half-term recessEPA

The Prime Minister leaves Number 10 for the last PMQs before the half-term recess


“I can confirm again that the Government will bring forward a motion on the final agreement … to be approved by both Houses of Parliament, and we expect and intend that this will happen before the European Parliament debates and votes on the final agreement.”The Government said Britain will not seek further talks with the EU if parliament rejects the exit deal.

The attempt to tamper with the Prime Minister’s  plans was rejected in the Commons by 326 votes to 293 today, a majority of 33.

Last month, Mrs May promised to ask parliament to approve the final exit terms in 2019, but said that even if it rejected the deal, Britain would leave the EU.

This afternoon, MPs are expected to debate the Bill allowing Article 50 to be triggered for up to seven hours, with the final vote expected to be held at around 8pm.

Labour leader  faces a revolt after 47 pro-Remain Labour MPs defied the leadership to oppose the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill at second reading.Mr Corbyn is expected to face a renewed wave of defiance after imposing a three-line whip on the vote at the third reading tonight – a move that risks the resignation of high-profile shadow cabinet ministers like Clive Lewis.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/764596/pmqs-theresa-may-jeremy-corbyn-brexit-article-50-vote

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