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Brexit

Last updated: Thursday 11th April 2019

The purpose of this page is to give a rolling update on Brexit. I aim to keep it as up to date as possible so that you can cut through the confusion and find out what's happening.


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My view on Brexit

People have a whole range of views on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. My own constituency of Glasgow East voted to remain as did Scotland as a whole, with 62% of people rejecting the proposition to leave.

One thing that I think most, if not all of us, can agree on—both those who voted to remain and those who voted to leave—is that since the referendum Theresa May's Government has made a right mess of things.

As the clock has ticked down, the Prime Minister has ignored sensible voices, instead trying to satisfy the wildly insatiable demands of the extreme Brexiters on her own backbenches and of a handful of MPs from the DUP. Because of this, we are in a midst of an unprecedented democratic and constitutional crisis of Theresa May's making.

Despite these remarkable circumstances, the Labour Party have struggled to form any coherent position or policy on Brexit and, as a result, have struggled to move in the polls; consistently lagging behind the most incompetent Government in living memory.

It's clear that Westminster isn't working. The flaws of its archaic and outdated political system and procedures have been magnified by this Brexit process. Short of massive political and electoral reform, nothing can now paper over the broad cracks in our democratic system.

Your team of SNP MPs will do everything in their power to stop Scotland suffering from a deeply damaging Brexit—one that we did not vote for. Ultimately, while we are in the passenger seat and while Scottish votes are ignored in London, we may have to suffer the consequences regardless. The Brexit process has only strengthened my own resolve to see Scotland take its place in the world as an independent country.

Where we're at with Brexit

MPs passed legislation which instructed the Prime Minister to seek an extension to Article 50 in order to avoid a no deal Brexit. The Act cleared its last stage in Parliament on Monday 8th April and received royal assent shortly afterwards.

On the same day, the Government also brought forward an Order to make the necessary legislative steps to hold European Parliament elections on Thursday 23rd May 2019.

On Tuesday 9th April, MPs voted in favour of a motion authorising the Prime Minister to seek to negotiate an extension to Article 50 until 30th June 2019.

The Prime Minister attended an emergency EU leaders summit the following day, where the leaders of the 27 other EU member states granted an extension to Article 50, but a much longer one than the Prime Minister had said she would agree to. Nonetheless, the Prime Minister accepted this extension, which now takes us to 31st October 2019.

What's next?

The UK will now leave the EU on 31st October, unless a deal has been agreed before then—in which case we could leave earlier. As things currently stand, there is no prospect of a deal being agreed and this further extension means that the UK will, in all likelihood, participate in the European Parliament elections in May.

Latest updates

Stalemate yet again

Time for episode four of my Brexit Breakdown. That's round two of indi…

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Westminster isn't working

Time for episode three of my Brexit Breakdown. The indicative votes ar…

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Another Brexit defeat for May

Here's number two in my Brexit Breakdown series of short video updates. …

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