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A thread on why I think it’s right for me as an @theSNP MP to take legal steps to prevent no deal imposing damage on Scotland’s economy while my @scotgov colleagues have the strategy for #Indyref2 in hand. 👇
The Union between Scotland and England is often compared to a marriage which has broken down and is teetering on the verge of divorce. #NoDealBrexit is akin to one partner openly talking about draining the joint account and burning down the house
You would unquestionably go ahead and divorce them if they carried out the threat but it's not in your financial interest to let them do so first. The threats alone would be sufficient grounds for divorce.
The New PM Boris Johnson has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament to allow a 'No Deal' Brexit to happen by sidestepping the clear opposition in the both the Commons and the Lords and the will of both the Scottish Parliament & Welsh Assembly.
In an independent Scotland the twin pillars of a written constitution and a constitutional court would prevent a PM from subverting democracy in this way.
However, in the unbalanced union of the U.K. with its un-codified constitution based on a mixed bag of statute, convention & past precedent, it is at best unclear what protections we have against Prime Minister Johnson collapsing parliament for his own ends
The Tories have steadfastly ignored the democratically expressed will of Scotland’s voters and parliament to stay in the EU. Now we face a no deal Brexit with potentially catastrophic damage to Scotland’s economy, society & culture
It is unconscionable that the incoming PM should simply do away with the Westminster Parliament in order to fulfil this slow motion car crash. Therefore while we are still there we must take all steps we can to prevent prorogation.
I firmly believe that Scotland is well on the path to independence but preventing the damage that a 'No Deal Brexit' would do to our economy and society is very much in our interests ahead of a second independence referendum
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