“Dead in the water”
Amidst the chaos of the House of Commons on 15 November, Blackford decried the PM’s attitude to the devolved administrations of the UK. He confirmed the SNP would vote against the Brexit deal, saying it was “dead in the water”:
"The Prime Minister comes before us today trying to sell us a deal that is already dead in the water"
SNP's Ian Blackford on Theresa May's draft #Brexit deal
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) November 15, 2018
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was also very critical of the PM’s Brexit proposal, saying it “disregards” Scotland’s interests. Sturgeon called for Scotland to be given special status similar to Northern Ireland, claiming the current plans put the country at a “competitive disadvantage”:
Not long off call with PM. She tried to tell me Scotland’s ‘distinctive’ interests had been protected. I pointed out that there isn’t a single mention of Scotland in the agreement, that it disregards our interests, and puts Scotland at a serious competitive disadvantage.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) November 14, 2018
“Part of the UK”
The SNP Westminster leader went on to point out that Northern Ireland is mentioned in the document 100 times but there is not a single mention of Scotland. He also claimed that “utter contempt has once again been shown to the Scottish government, its parliament, and its people”.
Theresa May then made a faux pas that will not please her so-called allies in the DUP. The PM stated that Scotland is part of the UK and that was the reason there was no mention of it in the document. Does the PM know something about Northern Ireland we don’t?
“Brutal” from the SNP
BBC reporter Nick Eardley said Blackford was “brutal” in his performance:
This is brutal from Blackford. When slating PM Tories just sitting in silence.
— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) November 15, 2018
Since the speech, there has been a barrage of posts on social media calling for Scotland to jump ship:
The utter contempt shown by May towards Scotland in response to Ian Blackford shows it's definitely time to #DissolveTheUnion
— Simon Paterson (with 1 T not 2, eejits) (@AlbanationSimon) November 15, 2018
And the man himself couldn’t resist an extra cheeky dig:
Well we can fix that for her! https://t.co/bZXqfr8dud
— Ian Blackford (@IanBlackfordMP) November 15, 2018
While focus rightly remains on the situation in Northern Ireland, something is bubbling north of the border. It’s looking ever more likely that referendum season isn’t quite over yet.
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