NO DEAL Scenario Must be Off The Table

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday November 14 2017

The SNP has said a ‘no deal’ scenario following Brexit negotiations must be ‘off the table’ as Brexit legislation returns to the House of Commons today.

SNP Foreign Affairs spokesperson Stephen Gethins MP said the SNP have put forward a 're-set' amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which would prevent a ‘no deal’ scenario so that the UK can remain in the EU if negotiations fail.

European and UK business leaders told Prime Minister Theresa May of their Brexit concerns at a meeting in Downing Street on Monday, with representatives from groups including the CBI and BusinessEurope pressing for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit.

Stephen Gethins MP said:

“A ‘no deal’ scenario must be taken off the table.

“The SNP have put forward an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill - a reset amendment- which would ensure that the UK can remain in the EU. We must ensure the best possible outcome.

“We should also not be tied to an arbitrary date for leaving the EU if a deal is not done – the Prime Minister needs to act in the best interests of the country.

"We know there is concern across all parties about this Brexit Bill, and the government knows it will have to compromise.

“I call on all parties to back this SNP reset amendment to ensure we have a safety net should negotiations fail."



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