Local MP accuses UK government of ‘staggering incompetence’

The MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, Patricia Gibson, gives her views on some of the events that have taken place in Westminster in the past month, highlighting that the deadlock over Brexit is still apparently no closer to resolution than it was two years ago and calls for Mrs May to look at serious alternatives.

North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson has branded Westminster a ‘shambolic spectacle’, and highlighted the UK Government’s failings over the EU Referendum result, after a week of high political drama.

In the middle of last month, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were resoundingly rejected by MPs and her party only just managed to scrape through a No Confidence vote with DUP help.

Speaking on the latest developments, Mrs Gibson said:

“Since Article 50 was triggered two years ago, a full nine months after the EU referendum result, we have seen staggering incompetence from the Tory Government. Mrs May has been stubbornly kicking the can down the road and ignoring all alternatives put to her, despite it being clear to one and all that her deal was dead in the water.

“Her Tory Government suffered the biggest defeat in parliamentary history on the proposed dreadful Brexit deal but are still hanging in there.

“This whole shambolic spectacle was an entirely avoidable exercise in self harm, which people are watching with despair. Throughout the entire disastrous Brexit process, Scotland’s interests were not even an afterthought for the UK Government.

“Every part of Scotland voted to remain. Despite this and repeated votes in the Scottish Parliament and the compromise option of Single Market and Customs Union membership, put forward by the SNP Government, we have been all but ignored.

“After two and a half years of pandering to hard Brexiteers in her own party, Mrs May has not only failed to appease them, she has failed to work towards any kind of consensus at Westminster, prioritising the interests of her broken and dysfunctional party.

“Mrs May must be prepared to listen, to understand that people are not looking for some minor tinkering and tweaking of her already rejected deal. It is vital that real alternatives are explored, including an extension of Article 50.”