Midlothian MSP’s anger at Brexit deal

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Boris Johnson’s proposed new Brexit deal would leave Scotland unique among the four UK nations in being completely ignored, Midlothian SNP MSP Colin Beattie has said.

While England and Wales both voted to leave the EU, and would do so under the deal, Northern Ireland is being handed a special deal effectively keeping it within the single market and customs union – with the power to change their relationship in future.

MPs are due to vote on the deal at Westminster tomorrow (Saturday).

Commenting, Mr Beattie said: “Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal is even more extreme than Theresa May’s – and would be worse for jobs and household incomes in Midlothian.

“And, crucially, it leaves Scotland unique among the four nations of the UK in facing an outcome we did not vote for and having no say over our future relationship.

“Midlothian voted to remain in the EU – just like every local authority in Scotland – and yet we’ve been entirely sidelined by the Tories ever since.

“It is clearer than ever that the best future for Scotland is one as an equal, independent European nation.”