SNP dealt major blow as Raab vows Brexit deal will ‘reinforce all four nations in Union’

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The Foreign Secretary issued a plea for Unity after SNP MPs said they would vote against Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal when it goes before the House of Commons on Wednesday. The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford revealed the news as he branded the deal a “disaster for Scotland” claiming the agreement was an “unforgivable act of economic vandalism and gross stupidity” as he reiterated his pushed for Scottish independence.

Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon joined Mr Blackford and accused Boris Johnson’s Tories of having “sold out Scottish fishing all over again” in the Brexit treaty.

The Brexit trade deal was struck between both sides on Christmas Eve and is expected to come into force after the UK’s current transition period, as it exits the EU, comes to an end on December 31.

However, Mr Raab said the landmark deal secured last week meant the UK could put “Brexit divisions well and truly behind us” and “come together” in the New Year.

The Foreign Secretary said: “We’ve also reinforced all four nations of our precious Union.

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“The deal respects our rights as an independent coastal state, delivering total control over our fisheries, with a pragmatic transition over five years – not the 14 years requested by the EU – raising our share from a half to two-thirds during that period.”

He stressed in a Telegraph column the deal benefits the “whole UK, but particularly our fishing communities in Scotland.”

Alister Jack, Scottish Secretary, also insisted it would deliver for all parts of the UK, as he urged all MPs from north of the border to “give it their wholehearted support”.

Mr Jack insisted that after “a long and tough negotiation” with the EU, the UK had “secured a fantastic deal”.

He added: “This is great news for Scottish businesses and families.

“Having delivered a deal for the whole of the UK in record time, there are opportunities ahead.

“It is the first time the EU has ever agreed a zero-tariff, zero-quota deal, giving Scotland’s businesses exceptional access to the EU.”

He concluded: “This is a historic moment for all of the UK. It’s time for us to come together and make the most of the new opportunities.”

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MPs in the House of Commons will vote on the agreement on Wednesday, December 30 as relations between Edinburgh and London have become sour over an agreement.

The SNP run Scottish Government said the Brexit deal that has been agreed could cost Scotland’s economy more than £9billion by 2030, compared to staying in the EU, with the forecast 6.1 percent drop in GDP the equivalent to losing the equivalent of £1,600 per person.

Ministers also fear that lamb and beef exports will be hard hit by the extra costs of exporting to the EU after December – when the current transition period ends.

In response to the comments, Ian Blackford said: “Scotland has been completely ignored by Westminster throughout the Brexit process and we are being forced to pay a devastating price.

“It is clear that the only way to protect Scotland’s interests, and regain the full benefits of EU membership, is to become an independent country.

“This is a very bad deal for Scotland, which will terminate our membership of the EU, rip us out of the world’s largest single market and customs union, end our freedom of movement rights, and impose mountains of red tape, added costs and barriers to trade for Scottish businesses.

“The blame lies squarely with the Tory government.”

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