Special terms for North 'would have destroyed UK'

Special terms for North 'would have destroyed UK'

The devolved Scottish government has been campaigning for the United Kingdom to stay within the European single market and customs union, and had originally argued that Scotland could stay in the single market even if the rest of the United Kingdom left the trading area.

"No UK Government would allow such a thing, let alone a Conservative and Unionist one".

A Brexit deal giving special status to Northern Ireland could have put the future of Britain in jeopardy, the Scottish Conservative leader said yesterday.

The Scottish Conservative leader revealed she "made clear" to the Prime Minister that her block of 13 Scottish Tory MPs would not support any such proposal.

"Single market membership for the whole of the United Kingdom would be the way out of this incredible mess that has been created by Theresa May and I urge it on every member in this chamber".

She made the comments as Theresa May continued her attempts to break the deadlock in Brexit talks after a deal on the Irish border fell apart.

The UK Government maintains it will not join either the single market or the customs union after withdrawing from the EU.

However, a spokesman for Ms Sturgeon said Ms Davidson was "in danger of having close to zero credibility" on Brexit.

The veteran left-winger is a reluctant remainer, who has opposed the European Union for much of his time in Parliament, and in leadership he has been vague over what his party position on leaving Europe is, calling only for a "jobs first Brexit".

He said the "reason that Theresa May is not proposing it is because she can not get it past Boris Johnson and Liam Fox and a number of other extremists" who had campaigned for taking Britain out of the European Union.

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"She's held every position under the sun on this". Maybe they're designed deliberately to be woolly and ambiguous.

"If she's got something to say, she should say it unambiguously and clearly. Scotland's interests demand continued single market membership". "And stop playing silly games".

Nicola Sturgeon later tweeted: "The Scottish Tories seem more interested in appeasing the DUP than in standing up for Scotland's best interests".

If Scotland were given separate status along with Northern Ireland it would meet the objection that Northern Ireland would feel isolated in the UK.

Speaking to MSPs in Holyrood yesterday, Mr Russell accused the UK Government of a "chronic failure to keep everybody informed about what the situation was".

She spoke out as Scottish Brexit minister Mike Russell argued that keeping the whole of the United Kingdom in the single market and the customs union was the best solution to the Government's Brexit conundrum.

"If this chamber were to speak with one voice on membership of the single market and the customs union, I think it would be very effective indeed".

Mr Russell reiterated that as he pressed new Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard to make his position clear.

"If the Labour Party were to adopt that to be a standard, that would move this on very considerably indeed".

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