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Countdown to Brexit - Important updates and advice for constituents

Countdown to Brexit - Important updates and advice for constituents

This page gives a rolling update on Brexit. It will be kept up to date as much as possible to help cut through the confusion and find out what's happening.

My position

Millions of people have signed a petition calling on the UK to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. I support this.

It is absolutely crucial that this action is taken immediately in order to avoid a catastrophic hard-Brexit, which will hurt our economy, throw uncertainty upon citizen’s rights and have potentially life-threatening consequences in our health sector.

For weeks I have been signing and supporting amendments in Parliament that would see Article 50 revoked – and I will continue to support and vote for this.

It is unclear if the Prime Minister will bring her botched deal back to the House for yet another vote, or what will come out of the cross-party talks she is currently engaged in with the Labour Party.

I will vote for the extension. I will not support the Prime Minister’s deal

The deal the Prime Minister brought back does not protect Scotland’s interests. We need to ensure either the UK remains in the Single Market and Customs Union, or Scotland should have its own special arrangement like is reportedly to be the case for Northern Ireland.

Given a further extension until October has been granted, all options must be on the table, and further, indicative, votes on a path forward could take place. A damaging no deal must be avoided.

In this case, I will support a vote on revoking Article 50 and remaining in the EU.

Another option would be to support a People’s Vote on Brexit, which I would also vote for if the opportunity arose in the House of Commons. But, we must ensure that Scotland is once again not put in a position where the country votes to remain in the EU, but is dragged out anyway as a result of votes elsewhere.

Recent events have made it clear that the Prime Minister cannot command a majority in the House of Commons for her Brexit deal, and she is losing control.

Her only two options remain either to seek a new Brexit path, or resign.

To me it is crucial to honour the expressed wishes of the people of my constituency and the vast majority Scotland – who voted to remain in the EU – which is why I will continue to voice my support for Article 50 to be revoked in its entirety.

Current timeline

January 15th 2019 - the House of Commons rejected the Prime Minister's Brexit Deal, in the first meaningful vote, by 432 to 202 votes. The largest Government defeat in Parliamentary history.

March 12th 2019 - a second meaningful vote was brought to the House. MPs once again rejected the Prime Minsiter's Brexit deal by 391 to 242 votes.

March 21st 2019 - EU and the UK agree an extension to Article 50. Article 50 will be extended until 22nd May if MPs vote for Theresa May's deal. If the deal is rejected, Article 50 will be extended until April 12th to consider next steps.

March 27th 2019 - The House of Commons held a series of “Indicative Votes" on a possible Brexit path forward. All options were rejected. I voted in favour of revoking Article 50 and a People's Vote, and voted against any form of a Hard Brexit. The House did agree the SI on changing “exit day”.

March 29th 2019 - a third vote on the Government's Withdrawal Agreement was defeated by 344 to 286.

April 1st 2019 - The House of Commons held another series of “Indicative Votes" on a possible Brexit path forward. All options were rejected again.

April 8th 2019 - Parliament passed a bill brought by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, which aims to force the prime minister to request a Brexit extension - rather than leave the EU without a deal.

April 11th 2019 - EU leaders have agreed to a "flexible extension" of Brexit until October 31.

October 31st 2019 - Date Article 50 will be extended until.

No deal planning

UK Government's full guidance on new deal available here

Important documents

EU Nationals

Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

UK Government

Latest information and guidance on the UK exiting the EU

Department for Exiting the European Union - Latest documents

Scottish Government

Scotland's Place in Europe: assessment of UK Government's proposed future relationship with the EU

Scotland's Place in Europe: science and research

Scotland's Place in Europe: our way forward

Scotland's Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment

Protecting the rights of EU citizens: position paper

Scotland's Place in Europe: security, judicial co-operation and law enforcement

Glasgow City Council

Brexit and Glasgow City Council

Brexit and the Glasgow Economy: Impacts, Actions and Asks


European Commission - Brexit preparedness documents

EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April

Petition to revoke Article 50

You can sign the UK Parliament petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. The petition can be found be clicking here.

A full table of constituency data on the petition can also be found by clicking here.

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