MSP backs vote for EU action

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SNP MSP Jeane Freeman has joined with colleagues from across the Scottish Parliament in uniting behind the First Minister’s efforts to keep Scotland in the European Union.

At Decision Time on Tuesday, MSPs voted overwhelmingly by 92 votes to 0 in favour of a Scottish Government motion in favour of exploring options to protect Scotland’s EU membership – with only the Scottish Tories withholding support.

Jeane Freeman said: “Last week, the people of Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley made their voice clearly heard – and I was proud to join MSPs across the parties to cast my vote in the Scottish Parliament to make clear that their majority decision should be respected. That Ruth Davidson and the Tories could not find it within themselves to back this common-sense position in unison with the rest of the Parliament is deeply regrettable. Over the last few days, Nicola Sturgeon is the only politician in the UK who has shown any leadership and has stepped forward clear in her commitment to always put Scotland first. So it is entirely right that MSPs have given her this overwhelming mandate to make Scotland’s case directly to EU institutions and member states. Whilst the Westminster government dither and the proponents of leaving Europe dissemble and delay, our national Parliament spoke with a strong and united voice. And in doing so, made it clear that Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley’s vote must be respected and Scotland’s place in Europe protected.”