15 Nov 2018 04:30 PM
Scottish Parliament to have a vote.
The UK Government's proposed Brexit deal is 'essentially dead' because of 'self-imposed draconian red lines' Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell has said in a statement to the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Russell called the draft EU withdrawal agreement 'unacceptable', saying it does not allow Scotland continued membership of the European Single Market. He said the Scottish Government will work with others to ensure a better deal.
The Constitutional Relations Secretary also confirmed that the Scottish Parliament would be asked to vote on the deal, before any vote in the House of Commons.
He yesterday said:
"Brexit isn't a better future - it is a backward step into an imagined past. We must acknowledge that this deal is unacceptable to Scotland and her citizens. It therefore cannot be supported by this Government.
"This deal is the inevitable result of a series of self-imposed draconian red lines. It is now essentially dead.
"We must find a way to work together and ensure that our country is not failed by a disastrous Brexit, but enabled to flourish by choosing a different way forward.
"I can confirm today that the Scottish Government will bring the deal, if agreed at the Brussels Summit on 25 November, to this chamber for a vote, before a vote takes place in the House of Commons."
The Scottish Government's established and evidence-based policy is that, short of staying in the EU, remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union is the best outcome for Scotland and the UK as a whole.