8th February 2017

Westminster MPs have voted to give the Prime Minister, Theresa May, the power to trigger Article 50 which would begin the process of taking the UK out of the EU.

MPs voted by 498 to 114 to trigger the process by which Scotland will be taken out of the EU. All SNP MPs voted against the motion. Only one of Scotland’s 59 MPs – Tory MP David Mundell – voted in favour of triggering Article 50.

Local MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, Marion Fellows, was a Teller and was therefore unable to vote.

She said:

“As a Deputy Whip, I was a Teller for this historic moment that marks a turning point in the future of Scotland and the rest of the UK. It was a bitter moment that will see us removed from the EU which will undoubtedly tear our economy, political ties and social fabric apart.”

Mrs Fellows said the Westminster system had broken its promises on Scotland’s place in the EU during the Independence Referendum and failed Scotland yet again as the country faces being taken out of the EU against its will without effective consultation with devolved administrations or a detailed plan.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“Scotland voted to remain in the EU by 62 to 38 per cent, but the UK Government is breaking its promise made during the 2014 referendum to protect our place in Europe.

“Despite the reasonable compromises put forward by the Scottish Government, the Tories refuse to listen. They have only their self-interest at heart and not Scotland’s economy, jobs, or rights.

“With only one Scottish MP voting for Brexit, the democratic deficit affecting Scotland in the UK could not be starker.

“The Tories have been dragged kicking and screaming to Parliament to make their case which demonstrates the lack of confidence they have in their own plans.

“Brexit has caused Westminster to turn its back on Europe forcing Theresa May to seek relations with President Trump. Scotland is now at a crossroads: we can protect our economy, our rights, and continue to be an open and welcoming nation; or we can allow the Tories to drag us into the Brexit abyss that will cost jobs, barricade our borders, and see us ally with one of the most right wing administrations in modern, Western history. Scotland must decide.”