SNP Westminster MP’s have condemned Theresa May for failing to confirm if she would like the UK to stay within the European Single Market.
Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions today, Angus Robertson MP asked if the Prime Minister was in favour of remaining part of the European Single Market, only for her to refuse twice to answer the question.
During an urgent statement on the G20 Summit Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian then asked the Prime Minister when the House of Commons would be presented with detail of what Brexit actually means ‘beyond the sound bites’.
Commenting, Owen Thompson MP said:
“Theresa May continues to refuse to answer very simple but crucial questions on UK membership of the European Single Market – the biggest trading bloc in the world which is so important to UK businesses and the economy.
“There is very real concern and worry about the impact of leaving the European Union, especially in Scotland and my own Constituency of Midlothian where voters overwhelmingly voted to stay. The UK government has had all summer to come up with a plan and a strategy to present to MP’s. So far we have just had waffle.”
SNP MP Owen Thompson, has today called on the Government to give reassurances to the many sick and disabled people who are left in the dark following cuts to ESA, and potentially left even worse off without the protections provided by the EU.
The MP for Midlothian asked the Department for Work and Pensions Minister Stephen Crabb to ensure that the Government have a plan in the Green Paper to ‘give back’ to those impacted by the changes and ensure that plans are accurately assessed, recognised and valued by the state.
Campaigners for disability groups fear that the loss of legislation such as the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been crucial in campaigns run by disability groups against the Bedroom Tax, could worsen the situation for disabled people further.
Charities have warned that the current cut to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) WRAG due to be implemented on April 1st 2017 would make it more difficult for disabled people to find work and that many struggled to afford food on the benefit at its current level.
Owen Thompson MP said:
“A post-Brexit Tory Government seems likely to continue to impose a warped concept of social justice that reinforces and validates their actions, and which will likely continue to oppress many groups and I fear that the most vulnerable will feel those effects disproportionately ”.
“The Government must make clear that changes are accurately assessed and do not result in leaving disabled people in harmful and dire situations caused by an irresponsibly run Brexit campaign which offered no answers for disabled people during the campaign, and even less once the Brexit puppeteers ran away.”