Stuart McDonald, MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court that the UK Parliament must have the opportunity to vote on legislation before the UK can be taken out of the EU.
Following the decision by the Supreme Court judges yesterday, the SNP has said they will put forward 50 “serious and substantive” amendments to the UK government legislation.
The SNP MP said the party will amend the legislation to include a call for the UK government to publish a comprehensive ‘White Paper’ on their plans; that agreement is made by devolved administrations and that the European Commission must be in agreement of the final terms.
Commenting, Mr McDonald said:
“The Supreme Court’s decision is welcome and I’m pleased that Parliament will be consulted before Article 50 can be triggered.
“People in Cumbernauld Kilsyth voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU, in line with the popular vote across North Lanarkshire and Scotland as a whole.
“I cannot support the triggering of Article 50 while this will see Scotland denied membership of the European single market and exposed to the disastrous economic consequences of a hard Tory Brexit.
“Our amendments will seek to bring clarity to the Brexit process and seek to address some of the serious concerns surrounding the Tories vision of Brexit”