iScotland’s parliament has formally voted to withhold its consent for Boris Johnson’s Brexit.
Some 92 to 29 MSPs voted against approving The Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
The Scottish Parliament and Scottish people have spoken clearly and consistently on this matter.
We voted against Brexit and continuously returned pro-Europe majorities in elections.
Anti-independence parties were crushed to near extinction in the latest election.
But the control the UK has over Scotland will once again mean we are held back.
The democratic wishes of our people and parliament remain completely restricted.
Despite these massive changes in our material circumstances we are denied our voice.
Scotland is entitled to decide over its future in this increasingly unrecognisable UK.
But a fearful Boris Johnson has again rejected our appeal for a simple independence referendum.
Evidently, he and his party fear Scotland will vote for its own liberation.
Losing control over our nation and its wealth would be an unmitigated disaster for the unionist powers.
This unwillingness to allow us to vote on these vastly changed circumstances is a sign of weakness.
Boris Johnson fears giving the people of Scotland a vote because he knows he would lose.
But he is only delaying the inevitable – that Scotland needs to be able to consider independence sooner rather than later.
Last week’s Scottish Parliament vote to withhold consent to withdrawing from the EU is emblematic of this struggle.
England and Wales are getting their wishes granted to leave the EU and Northern Ireland, a special deal.
Scotland, alone of the four nations, voted to remain but is being forced to leave with no special arrangements.
The Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament is right to withhold its consent on this basis alone.
However, there are more reasons, that the Scottish public rejected this Withdrawal Agreement Bill at the GE.
Additionally, this Bill firmly puts a no-deal Brexit back on the table – something disastrous for our economy.
To protect our economy, we argued the UK should remain in the single market and customs union.
Despite a positive case in our ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’, it was contemptuously ignored by the UK Government.
A close variant of this was given to Northern Ireland.
The UK securing a free trade deal with the EU will be an extremely complex and unique activity.
Doing so in under a year is totally unrealistic and will drive the UK towards a hard Brexit when it fails to achieve it.
This is unless they give an extension to the one-year limit placed upon these negations.
While everyone’s views in Scotland matter, we have a duty to respect the clear and consistent majority.
No matter how you voted, Brexit will affect you, and you should have the right to consider a different path.
ENDS (459 words)