Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today urged the SNP to rethink their approach to Brexit after a vote in the European Parliament confirmed that Britain’s notification to leave the EU can be withdrawn.
In a vote today the Parliament confirmed that, subject to approval by the EU-27 countries, Article 50 is revocable. After the vote, the European Parliament’s chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt encouraged Britain to return to “the European family once again”.
Mr Rennie said:
“Theresa May’s hard Brexit stitch up is far from a done deal. People voted for a departure but not a destination. A Brexit deal referendum, giving the British people a say over the terms she negotiates, is the right and democratic thing to do. I spoke to Guy Verhofstadt about this when I met him.
“Now the EU has left the door open to it, I urge the First Minister and SNP to rethink their opposition to a Brexit deal referendum. It isn’t too late for them to finally work with the Liberal Democrats and others across the political spectrum towards keeping the whole UK in the EU.”