Independent, the country could make great economic progressby Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh / April 7, 2017 / Leave a comment
A week is a long time in politics, so the saying goes, but the political events of recent days will resonate throughout the history of these islands as they are discussed and dissected in years to come.
Last week, prime minister Theresa May triggered Article 50. With her obstinate and intransigent attitude towards the democratic will of Scots, who voted overwhelming to “Remain,” she has made the long-term effects of this even more severe than they would otherwise have been. There may be more than one constitutional consequence of Brexit.
Rather than adopting a consensual approach at this vital moment in our shared history, May now seems wholly intent on pursuing an agenda to satisfy the fringe elements in her own party. She is not addressing the interests and concerns of each individual part of the UK.
Now we are locked into this course a progressive settlement with the European Union, which serves in the best interests of everyone who lives here, seems out of reach. Our island’s future seems increasingly bleak.
Over a momentous last few days, Tory politicians have simply dismissed the serious economic and social concerns surrounding the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, at the same time as threatening to withdraw security support from our European allies, championing the return of blue passports and threatening war with Spain. A year ago the Leave campaign would have dismissed this as a hideous caricature of Britain’s “glorious future,” but now Nigel Farage’s vision for Britain has come to life.
Throughout the Brexit process the SNP has attempted to make the best out of a bad situation. But rather than keeping their promise to deliver an agreed, UK-wide approach to Brexit negotiations, the Tories have dismissed out of hand our compromise proposal that Scotland remain in the UK while retaining membership of the single market. In Westminster, SNP MPs tabled fifty amendments to the Brexit Bill in order to try to make some progress towards a deal which could attract wide backing, not just support from Tory right-wingers and their insipid colleagues.
There has been no real negotiation and no compromise. Now May’s determination to jump over the “cliff edge,” a term she herself has used before, with a…