SNP divisions over EU membership have spilled into the open as senior Nat MPs defy Sturgeon to sign a pledge to break with EU.
Mike Weir (Angus) and Eilidh Whiteford (Banff & Buchan) have both signed pledges to keep Scotland out of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Given CFP is fundamental to EU rules, we have the stunning situation of senior Nat MPs effectively backing brexit publicly. Yet even more surprising is the fact that Mr Weir is the SNP chief whip in Westminster.
A strange situation indeed, where we have the SNP opposing CFP in local areas, yet supporting EU membership nationally. Both positions can’t be official nat policy, not least because they are mutually incompatible. Put it directly: if you’re in the EU, you’re hooked into the CFP.
“The nationalists can’t have it both ways – if you’re in the EU, you have to be in the CFP too.
“It underlines the hypocrisy at the heart of the SNP when it comes to Brexit matters”-Murdo Fraser MSP
The pledge signed by the two SNP MPs states explicitly that they would oppose any policy, practice or regulation which would return Scotland to the auspices of the CFP.
“We must avoid any policy, practice, regulation or treaty which could return us to the Common Fisheries Policy and the enforced giveaway of almost two-thirds of our fish stocks”
So is SNP chief whip Mike Weir lying to his constituents? Or is Sturgeon’s pro-EU membership policy being openly rejected by her own MPs?
But not willing to be accused of hypocrisy Dr Whiteford defended her actions by claiming it had always been SNP policy to “take Scotland out of the CFP”. If this is sincerely what she thinks, then she is totally ignorant of EU rules. But I think it much more likely she’s been caught facing both ways, and lying to her electorate.
While the SNP would take Scotland out of the UK (64% of our exports) to stay in the EU (15% of our exports)…they’d also deny Scottish fishermen the chance to escape the clutches of CFP.
Scotland really does deserve better than this shower of janus-faced hypocrites.