SNP’s Stephen Gethins explains why he voted against Brexit motion in heated clash with Julia Hartley-Brewer

SNP’s Stephen Gethins explains why he voted against Brexit motion in heated clash with Julia Hartley-Brewer

Stephen Gethins with Nicola Sturgeon

Thursday, December 8, 2016

SNP MP Stephen Gethins has defended his vote against the Brexit motion in Parliament last night in a heated clash with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

MPs voted by a margin of 461 to 89 to adhere to the Government's timetable for triggering Article 50 at the end of March.

Of the 89 MPs who voted against the motion, 51 of them were from the Scottish National Party. 

Gethins, the representative for Fife North East, said "Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU", and that the SNP wants to see "the relationship with the EU preserved and that vote respected".

The lawmaker said that Brexit was being forced on Scotland, just like nuclear weapons and Tory government. He added that, "if the UK Parliament isn’t given any details [on Brexit], we can’t just write them a blank cheque."

The interview got rather tetchy when Gethins suggested Julia didn't understand the EU - prompting our presenter, a political journalist for 20 years, to give him short shrift.

Listen to the interview above.

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