For immediate release: Tuesday 24 January 2017
Attention: News desks and Political Correspondents
SNP TO TABLE 50 AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE 50 LEGISLATION
"PRIME MINISTER AND HER HARD BREXIT BRIGADE MUST TREAT DEVOLVED ADMINISTRATIONS AS EQUAL PARTNERS"
The Scottish National Party has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court, that Parliament must have the opportunity to vote on legislation before notice of Article 50 can be authorised to leave the European Union.
Following the decision by the Supreme Court judges, the SNP has vowed to put forward 50 “serious and substantive” amendments to UK government legislation.
The 50 amendments include:
- A call on the UK government to publish a White Paper before invoking Article 50 – as recommended by the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union.
- That the UK government must seek unanimous agreement of the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) that the triggering of Article 50 encompasses the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- There should be agreement with the European Commission that any failure of the UK Parliament to ratify the final terms of negotiation will result in a revision of the current terms of UK membership.
SNP International Affairs spokesperson, Alex Salmond MP, speaking from Strasbourg at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, said:
“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision and hope that their ruling brings this Tory government back to the reality that they cannot simply bypass elected Parliamentarians to fulfil their role in carrying out due and proper scrutiny of one of the biggest decisions facing the UK.
"The Prime Minister and her hard Brexit brigade must treat devolved administrations as equal partners - as indeed she promised to do.
“For over six months the concerns surrounding a hard Tory Brexit have been echoing throughout the land and yet the Prime Minister has not listened.
“If Theresa May is intent on being true to her word that Scotland and the other devolved administrations are equal partners in this process, then now is the time to show it. Now is the time to sit with the Joint Ministerial Committee and not just casually acknowledge, but constructively engage. Consultation must mean consultation.
“Our amendments will address the very serious concerns facing the UK and the very real issues that the UK government has, thus far, avoided."