Alyn Smith MP said:
‘Stirling voted for Europe, Scotland voted for Europe and with No-Deal off the table I’ve represented my constituents by rejecting this poor alternative to EU membership because while I’m glad a No-Deal scenario has been avoided I’m not going to pretend this was an acceptable package. It will leave us all poorer and in a worse position and it flies in the face of the 68% of folk in Stirling who voted in 2016 to remain EU citizens.
‘Having capitulated utterly to once-fringe elements in his party, the Prime Minister has continued on the path paved by his predecessor by ignoring the devolved administrations and Scotland’s overwhelming vote in 2016 to remain in the EU.
‘Promise after promise has been broken to arrive at this juncture, it doesn’t deliver even what Leave voters were promised, with the latest news the UK will not participate in the ERASMUS scheme a particularly vindictive act of malice against future generations.’
Bruce Crawford MSP said:
‘Time and time again, the Scottish Government has tried to engage constructively with the Brexit process, seeking acknowledgement of Scotland’s distinct position. And yet, time and time again reasonable proposals have been rejected out of hand by the UK Government.
‘Wales and England will leave the EU; their vote is respected. Special arrangements will be in place for Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. With this deal, Scotland’s desires have been explicitly disregarded and our strong 2016 vote to remain in the EU simply dismissed.
‘The last 4 years have neatly summed up the UK Government’s attitude to the Scottish Parliament and the devolved nations. Its treatment of Scotland’s democratic wishes have only convinced more and more fellow Scots that independence is our only route back into the EU.’