Published On: Mon, Aug 7th, 2017

Scheming Sturgeon's right-hand man warns Scottish MPs could BLOCK Brexit

Stephen Gethins claims the close numbers currently within the Commons could likely hand the country’s 59 MPs a “historic opportunity to make our mark” as they strive to defeat Theresa May’s government in a row over single market membership.

Mr Gethins has challenged Scotland’s 13 Conservative MPs and 7 Scottish Labour MPs to join hands with the SNP and Scottish Lib Dems to fight against plans for a Hard come 2019.

He added if all UK Labour MPs combined forces with their Scottish counterparts, they held the power to overturn the notional Tory-DUP majority in the Commons of just six.

Mrs May’s government suffered a major setback in June’s General Election, with a shocking loss in overall majority in Parliament just weeks before Brexit negotiations began.

Her decision to call the snap election early left her without sufficient numbers to claim outright control, forcing her to turn to the DUP to make up her numbers.

Mr Gethins urged Scottish Labour MPs to reach out to their Westminster party colleagues, convincing them to support Single Market membership in a post-Brexit era.

He also renewed his pleas to newly-elected Scottish Tory MPs to break rank with their southern party colleagues, claiming they were “untainted” by Brexit divisions in the last parliament.

The North East Fife MP told the The Herald: “Scottish parliamentarians can have a particular role to play in helping bring Westminster together.

“Scotland’s new Conservative MPs are so far untainted by the divisions that played havoc on its parliamentary party during the EU Referendum.

“If Scottish Labour MPs can bring unity to their parliamentary colleagues on this issue, working with the SNP as the third biggest party in Westminster and the 13 Scottish Conservative MPs there would be a majority in favour of the Single Market.

“Scotland’s new intake of MPs have a historic opportunity to make our mark, lead and save the UK from the cliff edge of leaving the European Single Market.”

However, his pleas have not gone down well with rival parties, who said Mr Gethins’ comments were not in the best interest of the Scottish people.

A Scottish Labour spokesman said: “Labour will always put jobs and the economy first and it’s deeply disappointing that the SNP would rather pick a fight with Labour than join us in challenging the Tories.”

A Scottish Tory spokesman said: “Scottish Conservative MPs will do what’s best for Scotland, not what’s best for the SNP.”

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