Stirling MP Condemns Starmer Brexit Support


Categories: Brexit, Foreign Affairs

Labour Double Down by Backing Ruinous Project

The SNP’s Europe and EU Accession spokesperson – and Stirling MP – Alyn Smith has condemned Keir Starmer for his support of Brexit, after recent media comments suggest the Labour leader is doubling down on support for the ruinous project.

In a column for the Daily Express, Starmer reaffirmed his commitment to keep the UK out of the single market and the customs union, as well as refusing to support the restoration of freedom of movement.

Despite previously backing a second referendum in 2019, as well as committing to freedom of movement when standing for Labour Leader, Sir Keir has since u-turned on these pledges.

Recent polling suggests 63% of voters believe Brexit has created more problems than it solved; 53% want to see closer cooperation between the UK and EU. Research from the London School of Economics puts the total cost of Brexit’s food trade barriers at around £7bn – an average food bills increase of £250.

The SNP’s Europe and EU Accession spokesperson Alyn Smith MP said:

‘I’m proud to represent Stirling, a community which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union, the single market and the customs union. These latest comments from the Labour leader only serve to illustrate the depths to which Sir Keir Starmer will plummet in his attempts to win the keys to Number 10.

‘There is no way to make Brexit work for Scotland – which voted overwhelmingly to remain and yet has been made to suffer its consequences all the same. The SNP remains the only major party in the UK committed to reversing Brexit and securing Scotland’s membership of the EU.

‘Ordinary people are seeing their food prices rise astronomically because of Brexit – they should not be made to bear the brunt of this calamitous Brexit. Clearly, there is no alternative for Scotland while we remain attached to this broken Westminster system, showing exactly why we need the full powers of independence.’

UK’s future is outside the EU but we need to act now to make Brexit work – KEIR STARMER

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