Alyn urges "more time" on Brexit

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has urged Donald Tusk to grant an extension to the Article 50 process, in a direct appeal to the European Parliament.

In this morning's European Parliament debate on the EU Council, Alyn Smith highlighted the lack of time available to the devolved parliaments to consider the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – allowing the Scottish Parliament just one day to consider some of the most complex and far reaching legislation in the last 50 years.

Aileen McLeod MEP also pressed Michel Barnier on the matter in an extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament's constitution committee last night, and the SNP MEPs will meet again with Mr Barnier this afternoon.

It comes as the Scottish Government publishes a Legislative Consent Memorandum proposing the Scottish Parliament does not give its consent to the UK government’s bill.

Alyn Smith MEP said:

“The UK is in chaos right now. Mr Johnson’s government hangs by a thread.

“I refer you to a letter from the First Ministers of Scotland and of Wales. The Scottish and Welsh Parliaments must give legislative consent to the Bill and they do not have enough time for proper scrutiny.   

“Let’s be real. There is no possible way Westminster could conclude proper ratification of this deal this week. We should not let the credibility of this Parliament or the Council be damaged by colluding in that shabby deception. The only answer is more time.

“An extension has been requested, albeit through gritted teeth, by a Prime Minister who’s desperate to pretend he hasn’t. But an extension has been requested. Grant it. Grant it now.

“Mr Johnson may have wasted time - we will not. We are trying to find solutions. We need more time to do that.”