Distracted and Divided UK Government Jeopardising Brexit Negotiations

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday July 17 2017

The SNP’s Europe spokesperson has warned that the continued chaos dominating the cabinet risks jeopardising negotiations with the EU, as the UK government enters its second round of Brexit talks.

Stephen Gethins MP added that as the EU sets out its position, the Tory government has approached negotiations based on "confrontational rhetoric rather than constructive policy."

Stephen Gethins MP, the SNP’s Europe spokesperson, said:

“It is staggering that on the day the Brexit Secretary begins the second round of negotiations with the EU the increasingly distracted and divided Downing Street is briefing on internal Tory squabbles and leaks, rather than the key issues which clouded in uncertainty for over a year.

“Theresa May must get a grip and she must do so quickly.

“Our EU neighbours have approached negotiations with a clear position, whilst the UK government has stumbled into the room unprepared and with confrontational rhetoric rather than constructive policy.

“The UK government’s Brexit negotiating position has as many holes in it as the Tory government itself following a week of further cabinet splits and leaks.

“It is important now more than ever that the devolved administrations are not left to the sidelines as the UK government accelerates towards the cliff-edge.

“The Scottish Government and the other devolved governments must have a seat at the table in order to protect the economy, jobs and businesses."



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