The Union Flag, The Saltire and the European flag fly outside the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood Edinburgh, Scotland March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scottish political parties will unite against the Conservatives, the party of British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a rare joint front to show their anger at her plan to leave the European Union.
A joint motion by parties except the Conservatives in Edinburgh’s devolved parliament aims to underline the ire felt in much of Scotland which voted to remain in the EU at a 2016 referendum. They say May’s Brexit deal was negotiated without taking into account their views, something the government denies.
The vote does not have any direct tangible bearing on the Brexit process but is a way of showing the strength of feeling over May’s Brexit plans and how the parties say they are expected to damage the Scottish economy, which accounts for 8 percent of Britain’s economy as a whole.
The group will propose a single motion opposing May’s EU Withdrawal Agreement in a debate at Holyrood, which has wide-reaching powers over education, health and a portion of ta