David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

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Statement from David Martin MEP at today's European Parliamentary debate on BREXIT

In September 2014 I voted to keep Scotland in the UK.  In June 2016 I voted to keep the UK in the European Union.

Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. Edinburgh a city I have represented in this House for 33 years voted 75% to 25% to remain.

The feeling in Scotland is that we are being dragged out of Europe against our will - a feeling only compounded by Mrs May's determination to pursue a hard BREXIT.

The resolution we are about to vote on recognises this fact but provides no solution.

The Council document calls for flexible and imaginative solutions to be found for Ireland - I agree, but ask why not also for Scotland?

The Scottish Government has put forward an imaginative and flexible solution for Scotland.
It deserves serious consideration in this house.

If the UK is not flexible in these talks, the UK will not only be leaving the European Union. The UK will cease to exist.

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