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Isles MP Angus MacNeil backed keeping Britain in the EU Single Market in a vote on the Queen’s Speech in Parliament on Thursday.


Together with his SNP colleagues, Mr MacNeil voted in favour of a Labour amendment - put forward by Chuka Umunna who led the rebellion of 49 Labour MPs in defiance of Jeremy Corbyn who ordered them  to abstain.


The amendment was eventually defeated and the Government’s motion was passed albeit with concessions.


Angus Macneil said membership of the Single Market is “crucial” to the Western Isles exports of food and drink including fishing and agriculture.


Without membership industries could face hefty tariffs on exports, he said.

Mr MacNeil said: “Labour have showed themselves to be inconsistent and lacking unity on this issue and the Tories are set on a hard Brexit whatever the cost. Only the SNP have a clear, consistent strategy.


“It is important for the islands’ economy to ensure industries are not damaged by a deal struck by the Tories.


“This is imperative in efforts to address issues such as depopulation through job creation and give our islands the best possible chance going forward.”



Local MP votes in favour of Single Market membership

1 July 2017