'The United Kingdom is a sinking ship,' says SNP MP Angus MacNeil

'The United Kingdom is a sinking ship', says SNP MP Angus MacNeil

'Scotland is an modern inclusive country, we welcome migrants,' says MacNeil

Friday, June 24, 2016

Scottish voters in the EU referendum voted 62 per cent in favour of Remain, and the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, has said the result was "democratically unacceptable". 

Angus MacNeil, the SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, believes Scotland should have another opportunity to stay within the European Union.

"The United Kingdom is a sinking ship, the 93 year-old United Kingdom is off," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "The lifeboat's called Scotland, and I don’t know what's happening with Wales.

"The EU is about half the age of the UK, and will probably last longer than the UK."

Scotland had a referendum in 2014 over whether they should remain a part of the UK, but MacNeil believes that decision was based on a lie.

"Scotland has got the same right to decide its future as the UK has had.

"I can't see any democratic government in Westminster, on the world stage talking about democracy and freedom, who could deny that freedom to the people of Scotland. Particularly as now we know the promises made to us 21 months ago are a lie.

"The people of Scotland were voting on expressed comments that you'd stay within the EU [in 2014], if you voted for the UK.

"The suitable, decent, fair answer, is for Scotland to stay in, and for others to choose what they want to do.

"Scotland is an modern inclusive country. We welcome migrants. Nicola Sturgeon told migrants this is their home and I think that's the right tone to set out when we engage with Europe."