PMQs: THERESA MAY CONDEMNED FOR BREAKING PROMISE ON UK-WIDE ARTICLE 50 AGREEMENT

29th March 2017

PM ASKED TO CONSIDER “NOW IS NOT THE TIME”

The Scottish National Party has condemned the Prime Minister for failing to keep her promise of only invoking Article 50 after reaching a UK-wide approach.

SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP asked Theresa May why she had broken her word on reaching an agreement with the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

SNP International Affairs spokesperson Alex Salmond MP listed a number of woes the UK government has faced since the EU referendum – from Northern Ireland being ‘deadlocked’, to England ‘being split down the middle’, asking if the Prime Minster has considered, in terms of invoking Article 50, that ‘now is not the time.’

Marion Fellows MP asked Theresa May, if the Prime Minister is expected to respect her manifesto, why does she not think the First Minister of Scotland should do the same, and keep her commitment to an independence referendum.

Angus Robertson MP said:

“Last year the Prime Minister promised that before she triggered article 50 on leaving the EU, she would secure a UK-wide approach, an agreement with the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Today the Prime Minister has triggered article 50, and she has done so without an agreement. There is no agreement. Why has she broken her word and her commitment?”

Alex Salmond MP said:

“After nine months of this Prime Minister’s approach to Brexit Northern Ireland is deadlocked, the Welsh are alienated, Scotland is going for a referendum, the English are split down the middle, and Brexit MPs are walking out of Commons committees because they don’t like home truths. Has the Prime Minister considered, in terms of invoking Article 50 that ‘now is not the time’?”

Marion Fellows MP commented:

“Theresa May is expected to keep her manifesto promises, yet she doesn’t think the First Minister should keep hers – despite Nicola Sturgeon being elected.

“We cannot drift along for the next two years and hope for the best. As well as Brexit we face the real prospect of right-wing Tory governments until at least 2030.”