BORIS JOHNSON has demolished the SNP over Brexit, hitting out at the idea of Scotland possibly handing back control of its fisheries to the European Union.
During a fiery exchange in the House of Commons – which was Boris Johnson’s first as Prime Minister – he took apart the party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford over his plans for a no deal Brexit, should Britain fail to agree a deal with the European Union by the October 31. He questioned what the SNP’s stance would be if Britain does leave the bloc with a deal, and whether they would immediately give Brussels control of Scottish fisheries again.
Mr Johnson said: “If we can deliver a successful brexit, which i think we can, what happens to the arguments of the SNP?
“Is it their commitment to hand back control of Scottish fisheries to Brussels just after this country, the great United Kingdom, has taken back that fantastic resource?
“Is that really the policy of the SNP?
“May i respectfully suggest to the Right Honourable Gentleman that is not the basis to seek election in Scotland.
“We will win on a manifesto for the whole of the UK.”
Mr Blackford had launched several seething attacks against Mr Johnson, first warning he will be “the last Prime Minister of the UK”.
He accused Mr Johnson of wanting to “drive us off the cliff edge” because he doesn’t understand the damage it could inflict.
The SNP’s Westminster leader also accused the Prime Minister of not having a Brexit plan, describing him as “deluded”.
Mr Blackford said analysis form the Scottish Government had shown a no deal Brexit could have an eight percent hit on GDP, putting up to 100,000 Scottish jobs at risk.
He told Mr Johnson in the Commons: “I should welcome the Prime Minister to his place and the last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
“He has been appointed, not by this House, not by the people but by the Tory party – what have they done?
“Will the Prime Minister accept the First Minister’s call this morning for an urgent meeting of the heads of Government?
“What analysis has the Prime Minister made of no deal because when he was asked last week, he had no answer.
“He wants to drive us off the cliff edge and does not know the damage it will cause – economic madness, driven by ideology.
“The Prime Minister has no plan, but the consequences of his fantasy land will have devastating consequences – he is deluded.”
But most significant of all, the SNP repeated they will join other parties in trying to block a no deal Brexit and like Labour leader, called on him to call a snap general election.
Mr Blackford warned: “Let me warn the Prime Minister now – try to take Scotland, try to take the United Kingdom out of the EU on a no deal basis, and we will stop the Prime Minister from doing so.
“We will not let the Prime Minister do untold damage to the jobs of our country.”
“Scotland will not stand by and let decisions be taken by charlatans on our behalf.
“Do the honourable thing – call a general election let the people of Scotland have their say.”
Is it their commitment to hand back control of Scottish fisheries to Brussels just after this country, the great United Kingdom, has taken back that fantastic resource?