The SNP has today (Friday) hit out at the Better Together coalition of parties over their ‘European fantasy’, with MEP Alyn Smith accusing them of hypocrisy.
The attack comes after Labour’s Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna suggested that Labour might back Cameron’s bid to curb immigration from other European Member States, despite the fact Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said publicly that he would veto any such move.
Commenting, Alyn Smith said:
“The Better Together parties are pandering to UKIP's snake oil where they should be brave and face it down for the toxic fraud it is.
“Labour's evolving stance should come as no surprise - remember it was Gordon Brown as Prime Minister who initially used the odious phrase, 'British jobs for 'British workers'.
"It becomes increasingly clear that Labour is running just as scared of UKIP as the Tories are. As we've seen, look at the malign impact the Tea Party had on the US Federal level not by being the government but by terrifying those - on both sides of the floor - who are. It is clear that the centre of gravity at Westminster has shifted in UKIP's direction and we're all the poorer for it.
“Despite the Polish Prime Minister saying outright that he would veto any proposal from the UK on curbing EU freedom of movement, David Cameron seems to believe that it is still possible and now Labour has joined him. You really have to question what kind of delusion is going through the heads of the Better Together parties."
The SNP MEP also hit out at the hypocrisy of the claims in comparison to their statements on an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU.
“One minute the EU is an unadjustable bureaucracy which would make Scottish membership difficult, the next it’s highly adaptable – even on its founding principles - when it suits the UK. It just doesn’t add up.
“An independent Scotland will negotiate continuing membership – from within – based on the current arrangement and under the conditions that already apply to Scotland. Compared to the daft statements coming from Westminster lately we are sweet reason! The UK is looking renegotiate its membership with a caveat that flies in the face of the Union’s founding principles and has already been rejected by another Member State’s Prime Minister.
“The people of Scotland deserve better than the false and hypocritical claims of Labour and the Tories. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the only way to ensure that Scotland remains inside the EU is to vote Yes in September.”