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Bremain in Spain Comments on SNP Commons Protest

2018-06-20

June 20, 2018, Valencia, Spain. Press Dispensary. Bremain in Spain ( http://www.bremaininspain.com ), a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain and the EU, reacts to 34 SNP MPs walking out of Prime Minister's Questions.

The display came after SNP Westminster Group Lead leader, Ian Blackford, was ejected from the chamber for repeatedly demanding an immediate vote on holding a fresh debate, after MPs were given just 19 minutes the previous day to discuss the impact of Brexit on the devolved governments. Mr Blackford remained defiant on Twitter, saying: “The SNP cannot stand by while Scotland’s voice is silenced, while our parliament is undermined and devolution is put at risk.”

Bremain in Spain devolution specialist, Alastair Stewart, says: “Guerilla tactics are taking hold, and who can blame the SNP? When central government has so discarded the special and unique interests of the devolved administrations, stunts are all they have left.”

“As a Scot in Spain, I look on at the treatment of the Scottish Parliament, not just the SNP, with growing anxiousness. The Scottish independence question is far from answered. If Theresa May continues down this path, if she continues to show such disrespect to Scotland’s parliament, then she could bulldoze Brexit but lose the union entirely.”

He continues: "It is baffling that she cannot see how the Tories’ fear of Britain being sucked in by Brussels is the same as Scotland regarding Westminster. Of 650 MPs, Scotland has 59. Brexit has exposed the so-called union of partnerships for the shell it really is.”

“I’ve worked in the Scottish Parliament, I’ve written about Scottish politics for many years and I have many friends across political lines. In all that time, I’ve never had the same sense of kicking the bear in the teeth as I do now.”

“There’s a palpable sense among Scots that, whether they like it or not, Mrs May’s handling of Brexit is fuelling a second independence referendum. And next time, I’m not so sure ‘no’ will win.”

He concludes: “You cannot bulldoze through constitutional havoc and not listen to elected representatives. It’s not democratic, and it certainly will come back as the ghost of Brexit past for the UK government in the future.”

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Notes for editors
Bremain in Spain is a group campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union and to protect the rights of British migrants living and working in Spain. Run by a team of volunteers and chaired by Sue Wilson - a resident of the Valencian Community - the group advocates a tolerant and outward-looking society. It believes this is best achieved by the UK remaining a member of the EU. Bremain in Spain is part of the British in Europe coalition of 10 UK citizens’ groups across the EU. It is also affiliated to Britain for Europe and European Movement.

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Bremain in Spain
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Jo Chipchase
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Alastair Stewart
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Site: www.bremaininspain.com
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Media contacts

Sue Wilson, Chair
Email:
Jo Chipchase
Press Officer
Email:
Tel: + 34 696 056 328

Alastair Stewart
Deputy Press Officer
Email:
Tel: + 44 7549 504281

Site: www.bremaininspain.com
Facebook: Bremain in Spain
Twitter: @BremainInSpain

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