Scottish political parties are uniting against the Brexit deal in a rare cooperation to show their disapproval with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Scotland voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum and Scottish leaders say that the divorce deal was negotiated without taking into account their views. The vote does not have any tangible impact on the Brexit process but it demonstrates the feeling against Ms. May’s Brexit plans.
The group of Scottish parties is to propose a single motion against the EU Withdrawal Agreement. The only party that will not support the action is the Scottish Conservatives. The Conservatives claim that the other parties “don’t seem to get it”. The Scottish political landscape has been divided since the 2014 referendum on independence in which Scots voted 55-45 to remain. Since then, it has been more and more difficult to agree on bigger political issues. “The alternative to the Prime Minister’s deal is a no-deal scenario. It would be devastating for Britain. Yet, that is what the SNP, Labour, the LibDems and the Greens are risking by opposing the deal on the table,” Scottish Conservative interim leader Jackson Carlaw commented.
Ms. May visited Scotland earlier to garner support for the Brexit deal, which she says, is good for all parts of the United Kingdom. “The day after the Prime Minister’s stage-managed visit to Scotland … this unique and positive cooperation between four of the five parties at Holyrood indicates Scotland’s strength of feeling on Brexit and the Prime Minister’s untenable position,” the Scottish parties said in a joint statement.