The SNP would object to any Brexit withdrawal deal regardless of its contents, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
The nationalists – backed by other parties in Holyrood – today voted to withhold consent for the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The vote, which will have no meaningful impact, saw only the Scottish Conservatives back the UK’s decision to leave the EU in 2016.
Shadow constitution secretary Adam Tomkins blasted the SNP’s hypocrisy on the issue and said they would have voted to withhold consent irrespective of what the legislation stated.
He added that, if the nationalists were serious about avoiding a no-deal scenario, their only choice was to back the deal successfully negotiated by the UK Government.
Scottish Conservative shadow constitution secretary Adam Tomkins said:
“Brexit will be sorted because a majority Conservative government will deliver and give effect to the decision that the British people made more than three long years ago.
“The SNP’s objection is not to what the withdrawal agreement and the bill say – the objection is to their very being, their very existence.
“It wouldn’t matter what the terms of exit are – the nationalists would still invent a grievance and object.
“Of course, the SNP doesn’t like the Brexit deal because it knows it will make its already threadbare and rejected case for independence even more unattractive.
“And if the nationalists genuinely want to avoid a no-deal Brexit – rather than just make a lot of noise about it – at some point they will have to support a deal.
“In the end, they have to choose. You cannot be opposed to a no-deal Brexit and at the same time oppose any and every available deal that would avoid it.”