Brexit: SNP lawmaker Drew Hendry says there'd be no need for a hard border if Scotland stayed in the single market

Drew Hendrie had a frank exchange of views with Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning

Drew Hendrie had a frank exchange of views with Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A lawmaker with the Scottish National Party has backed Nicola Sturgeon's call for Scotland to retain access to the single market after Brexit - adding that there'd be no need for a hard border with England in such a situation.

Drew Hendry spoke to our presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer after it emerged that Prime Minister Theresa May wanted Northern Ireland to remain inside the single market and customs union when Britain breaks from the EU.

This plan, intended as a solution to the Irish border issue, has already been blocked by the DUP. But that hasn't stopped Sturgeon demanding Scotland be given a similar arrangement.

Julia quizzed Hendry on the issue, asking whether he'd be prepared to accept a hard border with England as a price for retaining single market membership.

Hendry responded "we know from yesterday, it's now [proven], we know that that's not rquired."

The MP, who represents Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, added that he was simply trying to ensure "the needs of Scottish people are looked after."

However Julia countered: "When you did have a referendum in 2014, the majority of Scots voted to stay in the UK.

"The UK voted and Scotland is governed on these sorts of issues by the Westminster government.

"If you want to leave that's absolutely fine, but you haven't left."

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