Boris Johnson has vowed the Brexit transition period with the EU will end as planned on December 31 despite the COVID-19 outbreak. However Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP party has continually called for an extension over fears a trade deal will not be agreed in time, forcing a no deal Brexit. And now they have criticised Labour for choosing to “sit back and watch”.
SNP Brexit spokesperson, Dr Philippa Whitford MP told the Highland Times: “The Tory government is taking the UK towards a Brexit disaster, which would cause last damage to jobs, living standards and the economy – and yet Labour is nowhere to be seen.
“With the threat of a devastating bad deal or no deal outcome growing by the day, it’s vital that all of us who care about protecting people’s livelihoods call on Boris Johnson to make an urgent U-turn and extend the transition period because it is too late.”
Dr Whitford went on the criticised the new Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and called for him to “show some leadership”.
She added: “Keir Starmer must come off the fence and show some leadership.
“This continuity Corbyn approach of staying neutral on the Brexit talks isn’t good enough.
“Labour will not be forgiven if it chooses to sit back and watch as the threat to our economy grows.
“By failing to provide any alternative to Boris Johnson’s extreme Brexit plans and refusing to back calls for an extension, Labour will be just as responsibly as the Tories for the damage done.”
She then lashed out at the Labour Party leader saying he has not learnt from the disastrous defeat in Scotland, where the party only held one seat.
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She said: “Scotland has been completely ignored by Westminster throughout the Brexit process.
“The SNP will continue to press for an extent=sion to the transition period but it is clearer than ever that the only way to protect our economic interests is to remain at the heart of Europe as an independent country.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for a new Scottish independence referendum next year.
Backing for a new Scottish independence referendum has hit a near five year high of 54 percent.
The SNP claim Boris Johnson’s handling of COVID-19 has helped their campaign.
According to results on a Panelbase poll, support for independence was up by two points in a fortnight.
The research found Scots would support independence by 54 percent to 46 percent in a new referendum.
Despite plans to hold a new referendum next year, Ms Sturgeon was given a stark warning today as the Scottish government faces a “long haul” to fix the country’s economy following the coronavirus pandemic.
The Advisory Group on Economic Recovery published its latest report on Monday which lays bare the hard work the Scottish First Minister must do to help get the Scottish economy moving.
The report, commissioned by the Scottish government makes 25 recommendations.