Scotland’s First Minister will put pressure on politicians to secure an extension to Article 50 to avoid Britain crashing out of the EU without a Brexit deal as she launches another desperate attempt to keep the UK in the EU. Nicola Sturgeon will speak to opposition parties as she campaigns for the two-year period for leaving the Brussels club triggered by Article 50 to be extended to give Parliament time to find an alternative way forward ahead of the December 11 parliamentary vote. Speaking before she travelled to London, the SNP leader said Mrs May would make Scotland and the whole of the UK “poorer”.
She said: “The last week has been a watershed moment in the Brexit process.
“Having now finally published its own official analysis of the economic consequences of Brexit, the UK Government can no longer hide behind their own spin – it is clear that any kind of Brexit will make Scotland and the UK poorer.
“The reality is the best deal is remaining in the EU, which is exactly what the people of Scotland voted for.
“With so much at stake for people’s jobs and living standards, it is vital that MPs come together to reject the PM’s deal, to rule out a no-deal Brexit and to secure an extension to Article 50.
“As soon as the Prime Minister’s deal has been put to bed, all parties and MPs must come together to agree a better way forward.”
It comes after SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said he expects an amendment to suspend the Article 50 EU withdrawal process to be brought forward in the Commons in the coming days.
The First Minister’s visit, as she heads to climate change talks in Poland, comes after all parties at Holyrood, except the Conservatives, united to back a motion opposing Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
MSPs will vote on the motion at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.
At the start of a crucial week for Theresa May, she will tell MPs leaving the EU will enable Britain to strike “ambitious” trade deals around the world.
Following her attendance at the G20 summit in Argentina, the Prime Minister will say she held talks with a series of leaders keen to strike agreements with the UK once it is outside the EU.
She will say new markets will open up for British firms in some of the fastest growing economies around the world.
In a Commons statement today, she is expected to say: “Once we leave the EU, we can and we will strike ambitious trade deals.”
Meanwhile, Scottish Secretary David Mundell will give a Brexit briefing to finance companies in Edinburgh on Monday.
Those taking part in the roundtable discussion include Treasury representatives, RBS, TSB, Tesco, Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Financial Enterprise – the representative body for Scotland’s financial services industry.
Mr Mundell said: “Scotland’s financial sector is of the upmost importance with internationally renowned firms having a strong presence here.
“I am determined to ensure that the sector flourishes as we leave the EU.
“The industry should be reassured that the Prime Minister has agreed an ambitious Brexit deal with the EU that will protect Scottish jobs and business as well as open up opportunities for free trade around the world.”
He said the agreement on the post-Brexit relationship for financial services is that it will be of “greater depth than any other the EU currently has with a third country”.
Mr Mundell added: “Businesses and the public alike want the UK Government to get on with securing a deal. That is what we are doing.”