Thank you Mr Speaker
And I rise to oppose this bill.
This is the concluding episode of their tortuous Brexit drama, the final slice of misery, the last indigestible bit of this big fat Christmas turkey.
And what a stinker this deal is.
It is a disaster for every sector of our economy, for business, for our service industries, for our agriculture, for our students, but it is more than that for our fishing communities.
For them it is a total and utter betrayal, and Honourable Members representing coastal communities, and prospective Tory Holyrood candidates contesting them, can expect the full wrath of communities betrayed.
The one thing that this rotten deal was supposed to do was make the situation better for our fishing industry. In fact, it only makes things much, much worse.
Let’s be clear, my country overwhelmingly voted against everything to do with this disastrous Brexit
From the Bill that made their referendum a reality to the bill that will confirm the disastrous terms on which we will leave the EU.
Every step of the way the Scottish people have rejected this Brexit and Scotland has consistently voted against all parties who have supported it.
This is a deal that will make every person in Scotland worse off
A Brexit that will confine my nation to this insular Brexit island where our young people will be denied the opportunity to live, work and love freely across a continent.
This is the Tories Brexit. This is their deal and they will own it.
Though, not all on their own.
Incomprehensibly the British Labour Party wants a slice of this mess.
By backing this deal they will share in the Brexit ‘spoils’.
Can I commend them for their bravery, and look forward to them defending this disaster when it inevitably unravels
We in the SNP will not sully or hands on the handling of this Brexit.
We will vote against it because it is rotten, makes our constituents worse off and goes against everything we aspire to as a nation.
Apparently, the only reason we should vote for this deal is that in somehow voting against it means we will be voting for a No deal…..!
What a load of unmitigated rubbish.
Nowhere on this bill is any provision for a no deal.
This is nothing other than Tory spin and only Labour are gullible enough to fall for it.
We can only vote for what is in front of us and what is in front of us is unacceptable and directly counter to the interests of my nation.
The Tories will get their way today with Labour support and this will be the basis on which we leave the EU.
Scotland therefore has only one option available to us to determine our own European future in line with what the Scottish people want
And that is through independence.
With Labour supporting this deal this Brexit now belongs to the unionist parties. This is theirs.
This will be their case for remaining in their UK.
When we have the next independence referendum all the unionist parties will now line up behind the flag of this Brexit Britain.
The case for independence will line up behind the view that it is the Scottish people who will determine our own future with Europe.
Mr Speaker the battle for Europe is over. They have won, and my congratulations to them. I hope they enjoy their victory.
Mr Speaker, where this battle is over the battle for Scotland now begins, and in that we will triumph.
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