SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford has said that today’s Queen’s Speech must show commitment from the Tories to bring to an end their failed austerity and to deliver a soft Brexit by staying in the single market.
Mr Blackford’s comments come ahead of the speech this morning (Wednesday) which will highlight the prime minister’s diminished authority and credibility following the election In which the Tories ‘squandered’ their majority in parliament.
Ian Blackford MP, SNP Westminster Leader said: “Today’s Queen’s Speech should be the opportunity for the Tories – now in a minority government – to show a commitment to ending austerity which has failed – and to deliver a soft Brexit by committing to stay in the single market.
“The Tories’ election disaster shows they have no mandate for a hard Brexit and yet it looks like they are going to be the bogged down in their own Brexit mess.
“The SNP group of MPs will press the UK government to give genuine consideration to our plans on Brexit – if Scotland is to be dragged out of the EU against our will – we will continue to demand that our place is protected within the Single Market.
“Another parliament of Tory cuts is a political choice – not a necessity – and one that has been rejected by voters.
“The SNP has always and will always stand against the failed and damaging austerity – which has done so much to harm jobs and communities.
“The SNP will take every opportunity in this new Parliament to further Scotland’s interests and to deliver fairer, more progressive policies – and are ready to ensure Scotland’s voice is heard louder than ever at Westminster.’’
This is an official press release from the Scottish National Party.