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Brexit news: Ian Blackford lashed out at Democracy comments despite lamenting Brexit | politics

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The Scottish National Party (SNP) MP accused the Conservatives of fearing democracy during the Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday (29 June). This comes after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to hold a second vote on Scottish independence on October 19, 2023.

“The harsh truth is that Conservatives may fear democratic debate, but they have no right to obstruct Scottish democracy,” Blackford told the House of Commons.

He added: “Scottish democracy will not be a prisoner of any Prime Minister in this place, so why should the UK Government fear democracy?

Or have they simply run out of ideas to defend the failing Westminster system?

Former Brexit Party MEP Martin Dubny slammed Blackford’s comments on Twitter.

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Brexit advocate Martin Dubney has criticized Ian Blackford’s comment on democracy in PMQs (Bild: Getty/Twitter)

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Nicola Sturgeon and Westminster leader Ian Blackford look through a giant banner to stop Brexit (Bild: Getty)

He wrote: “Why is the British government afraid of democracy?” [Ian Blackford MP] who for four years tried – and failed – to annul Brexit, the largest democratic vote in the history of the British Parliament.

Blackford has been an outspoken opponent of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, telling the House of Commons in October 2019 that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s exit from the European Union would have economic implications.

Earlier this month, the SNP’s Westminster leader clashed with Johnson in the House of Commons, claiming the government’s “catastrophic” exit from the European Union had cut wages and increased inflation.

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The Prime Minister hit back, accusing Mr Blackford of underestimating the achievements of Brexit.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Bild: Getty)

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Bild: Getty)

Mr Johnson said: “I’m afraid it underestimates what this country is doing right now, not just Moderna’s investment, but a record venture capital investment in this country that has now bypassed China as a place for venture capital investments.

“The benefits are being felt across the UK.”

Blackford has consistently spoken out against Brexit in Parliament and also voted against approving the exit agreement negotiated by the government.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, speaking on behalf of Mr Johnson at the PMQs today, told Mr Blackford that Scottish voters want their elected representatives to focus on the issues they face in their daily lives.

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How did the Scots vote in 2021? (Foto: Express)

“You see, he mentioned the problems Scotland is facing: a huge tax burden imposed by the SNP; Scotland’s record in science and mathematics in the international PISA ranking has fallen below England and Wales, and the SNP has the worst drug-related death rate in Europe – the highest on record,” said Raab.

“I believe the people of Scotland look to their governments in Holyrood and in Westminster to work together to tackle the issues they face in their daily lives.”

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His comments were echoed by Scottish Minister Ian Stewart, who said on Wednesday that constitutional issues have so far been at the bottom of people’s list of priorities in the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

Mr Stewart said: “What the people of Scotland want is for their governments – whether it’s a local government, a Scottish government or the UK government – to work together to tackle the issues that are important to them and on which to respond to significant challenges we face as a country and the world.”

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Dominic Raab exits No 10 Downing Street (Bild: Getty)

The Raab-Blackford clash comes as economists warn Scottish companies’ recovery from the pandemic is stalling.

The University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute lowered its forecast for economic growth in 2023 as the cost of living crisis hits businesses and consumers.

The think tank now expects growth of 0.5 percent next year instead of the 1.5 percent previously forecast, due to the impact of higher costs and the possibility that they will take longer than initially expected.

In its latest quarterly economic report, the institute said shoppers are beginning to adjust their spending patterns in response to the ongoing crisis, with more than half saying they are spending less on non-essential items.

Angela Mitchell, Senior Partner at Deloitte, which sponsors the institute’s economic commentary, said: “While Scotland’s economic recovery was well underway in the first quarter of 2022, cost challenges for businesses are likely to remain throughout the year. Life pressure due to higher interest rates Inflation and interest rates.

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“Against this background, risks for future economic growth are clearly recognizable. Weak demand, rising costs and, in particular, uncertainty limit investment and growth potential.”

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