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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23306: Tom Arthur (Renfrewshire South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its call for greater involvement for devolved administrations in Article 50 negotiations, what input it has had in relation to the Prime Minister's new Brexit deal.

Answered by: Michael Russell 3 June 2019

The Scottish Government is clear that any Brexit deal must be put to a second referendum with remain on the ballot paper and that if the UK is facing no deal then Article 50 must be revoked.

Despite commitments from the UK Government to an enhanced role for the devolved administrations, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and indeed the people of Scotland have been ignored throughout this process. A fundamental change of attitude is required from the UK Government.

The Scottish Government had no meaningful input when the Prime Minister’s deal was first published in November 2018 and this continued to be the case with her proposed new offer to Members of Parliament on the 21 May 2019.

With the announcement on 22 May that the Prime Minister had abandoned plans to introduce the Withdrawal Agreement Bill during week commencing 3 June, there is currently no new Brexit deal on offer.