The SNP spring conference kicked off in Aberdeen on Friday 17 March. And the party’s leader in the House of Commons, Angus Robertson MP, gave a barnstorming speech to a packed hall. His target? Naturally, it was Theresa May.
After a week which had seen the Prime Minister rebuff Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a second independence referendum, Robertson was in no mood for May’s anti-independence interventions. Making his feelings clear, he told the SNP conference that the PM’s Brexit plans were:
[running] away from her promise to only proceed [with Article 50] once she had an agreement with the Scottish government. And during this week, I asked her three times when she would reach that agreement with the Scottish government before triggering Article 50. And three times she failed to answer.
He then accused May of “wagging her finger” at Scotland. And to rapturous applause, he launched a scathing attack on the PM:
Angus Robertson says that Theresa May treated Scotland like "naughty children who should shut up and sit on the naughty step" pic.twitter.com/TWETrPbjBV
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 17, 2017
Read on...Support us and go ad-free
When will the Conservative government listen?
Robertson was also adamant that Scotland “will have its referendum”:
The people of this country will have their choice. They will not be denied their say. Just in case some people in Whitehall aren’t listening: Scotland’s referendum is going to happen, and no UK Prime Minister… should dare to stand in the way of Scotland’s democracy.
— Sky News (@skynews247) March 17, 2017
Robertson 1, May 0
she is effectively trying to block the people of Scotland having a choice over their future. That would be a democratic outrage. If Scotland can be ignored on an issue as important as our membership of the EU… then it’s clear that our voice and our interest can be ignored at any time, and on any issues.
He concluded by saying that Scotland will have their say on independence “before it’s too late to change course”.
If May didn’t already have a headache over the Scottish ‘issue’, she’ll certainly have a whopper of one after Robertson’s speech.
– Read more from The Canary about Brexit.
Featured image via screengrab
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?