For immediate release: Tuesday 7 February 2017
Attn: Newsdesks / political correspondents
UK GOVERNMENT MAJORITY FALLS TO 33 AS VOTES BEGIN TO TIGHTEN
SALMOND REMINDS BREXITEERS “PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL”
The UK government's majority fell to 33 this evening on a clause calling for parliamentary oversight of the Brexit process.
Last week the votes were 498 in favour and 114 against the triggering of Article 50 - giving the government a majority of 384.
This week there were 326 against and 293 for the clause that would seek to ensure that the UK Parliament gives approval of any new terms in advance of the final agreement - with the government's majority shrinking to just 33.
SNP International Affairs spokesperson, Alex Salmond MP said:
"The UK government may have looked strong on Brexit but it is only because Labour has been so weak. In reality, there is a great deal of concern about a hard Tory Brexit, which is why the majority fell from the hundreds of last week to just 33 tonight.
“Indeed, if it hadn't been for the government concession of a Commons vote on a deal before the European Parliament then things would have been tighter yet. On this basis, the House of Lords would be perfectly entitled to insist on that concession being incorporated onto the face of the Bill.
“Opposition is growing to a hard Tory Brexit and this vote combined with the overwhelming vote in the Scottish Parliament today against invoking article 50 shows that the UK government is not as secure on this issue as their arrogance would suggest.
“The hard Tory Brexiteers should remember that pride comes before a fall."
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