Mrs May said her latest Withdrawal Agreement is “one last chance” for MPs to deliver Brexit, even though her deal has been rejected three times already. But this does not seemed to have swayed the First Minister of Scotland, who said the SNP will not support a deal that takes Scotland out of the EU against its will. She also gloated over the Conservative leader’s decision for a vote on a second referendum.
Ms Sturgeon wrote on Twitter: “The PM might not have guaranteed a second EU referendum, but her promise of a vote of one puts the Scottish Tories ‘vote for us for no more referendums on anything ever’ pitch on something of a sticky wicket.
“Just an amusing aside.”
Speaking in central London this afternoon, Mrs May said her “new Brexit deal” is different to the previous deals rejected by Parliament, as it includes a commitment in law to let Parliament decide on the customs issue.
She said: “I recognise the genuine and sincere strength of feeling across the House on this important issue.
“The Government will therefore include in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at introduction a requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum and this must take place before the Withdrawal Agreement can be ratified.”
Ms Sturgeon said the SNP will not support this.
She also wrote on Twitter: “The PM is asking MPs to vote for a Bill that takes us out of the EU – in Scotland’s case against our will – out of the single market and possibly out of the Customs Union.
“And with no actual commitment to put the deal to a second referendum. The SNP will not do that.
“In PM’s own words ‘if MPs vote against the Bill, they will be voting to stop Brexit’.
“That is what the SNP will do because Scotland did not vote for Brexit. #StopBrexit”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would not support a “repackaged version of the same old deal”.
He said: “The Prime Minister’s proposal tonight seems to be largely a rehash of the Government’s position in the cross-party talks that failed to reach a compromise last week.
“On key elements – customs, market alignment and environmental protections – what the Prime Minister calls her new Brexit deal is effectively a repackaging of the same old bad deal, rejected three times by Parliament.
“We will, of course, look seriously at the details of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill when it is published. But we won’t back a repackaged version of the same old deal – and it’s clear that this weak and disintegrating Government is unable deliver on its own commitments.”
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who backs a second referendum, tweeted: “PM’s ‘new’ deal is putting lipstick on a pig – rehash of old deal with a few concessions attached. Using bait of possible £PeoplesVote to get flawed deal over line won’t work.
“Democracy shouldn’t come with strings attached. PV (people’s vote) needs to be guaranteed now, not left to chance”