MPs must work together to block no-deal Brexit – Blackford

MPs must work together to block no-deal Brexit – Blackford

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MPs must have control over the House of Commons and ensure that no-deal Brexit is avoided, the SNP Westminister leader said.

Politicians are planning to vote on the Brexit deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May at Westminster on Tuesday.

Speaking of the BBC's Sunday Politics program, Ian Blackford said that Ms. May should not portray her deal as the only way to avoid the European Union coming into place without a deal

Blackford said, "I think everyone now knows that there is no such thing as a" good Brexit, "there is no such thing as a" jobs-first Brexit, "as some claim.

"People get poorer under every scenario, people are going to lose their jobs.

"As politicians we have the responsibility to have a conversation with everyone of whom we now know that the Brexit will be painful.

Ian Blackford said there is no such thing as a good Brexit (Jane Barlow / PA)

Ian Blackford said there is no such thing as a good Brexit (Jane Barlow / PA)

"I would like to see the House of Commons now taking the lead, because the Prime Minister has not given any guidance.

"The prime minister must stop threatening Parliament and indeed, threaten the whole United Kingdom, that it is a choice between her deal and no deal – that is not the case.

"There are other options that are open to us and Parliament must ensure that it takes the necessary action to protect the interests of us all".

The SNP, together with the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, expressed its support for holding a new referendum on leaving the EU, a proposal that was also supported by several Conservative and Labor MPs.

Mr. Blackford said that the repeal of Article 50, setting a deadline of March 29 for the date of departure, and holding another referendum would be the most sensible option to proceed.

"I think it's wise now to do this back to the people, let's have a popular vote," he said.

"We will have a much more informed debate than was the case in 2016 – we had a slogan on the side of a bus – and I think it's only right, now that we know what the consequences of the Brexit will be, which we allow the people to determine what they want.
That is the right thing to do.

"We have to take responsibility, I think we have to act in all our interests and that is what we will do.

"The SNP will work together with others to ensure that we can find a way through this".

The Labor Party has proposed a vote of no confidence in the government if, as expected, the Prime Minister's deal fails to get enough votes to succeed.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party wants a general election, a possibility that Mr. Blackford said the SNP would have been prepared for.

He said: "I would like a general election because that would enable us to make a very clear statement to the Tory government about where we stand.

"If there are general elections, I would welcome that and I welcome the opportunity to campaign in the streets of Scotland, if that is the case".

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