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05/12/18 17:28

Parliament rejects Brexit deal

Constitutional Relations Secretary: UK Government must respect vote.

The Scottish Parliament has rejected the UK Government's draft Brexit deal and has ruled out a 'no deal' Brexit option.

Speaking after the vote, Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell said:

"The UK Government's Brexit deal will make Scotland poorer and they must now listen and act on the Scottish Parliament's overwhelming decision to reject it.

"I committed to bring the UK Government's EU Withdrawal Deal and Political Declaration to this Parliament before it was voted on in the House of Commons, and I was pleased to do so today with a motion that was the result of a unique cross-party collaboration.

"In every area of Scotland there will be businesses, organisations, communities, people and families who will suffer, directly suffer, over a long period of time under this proposed deal.

"Today the Scottish Parliament came together to say we cannot let this happen, and the UK Government must now respect today's decisive vote."

The motion for debate was:

That the Parliament agrees that both a no deal outcome and the outcomes arising from the withdrawal agreement and political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the EU and the UK, as presented to the House of Commons by the Prime Minister, would be damaging for Scotland and the nations and regions of the UK as a whole, and therefore recommends that they be rejected and that a better alternative be taken forward.