Scotland's voice is being heard over Brexit

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP and Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell says Scotland's voice is being heard throughout the negotiations to leave the European Union.

He was responding after the Supreme Court said Parliament must have a vote to trigger Article 50, while Mr Mundell also called on Nicola Sturgeon to take the threat of a second independence referendum off the table.

Commenting David Mundell said: “As the Supreme Court ruled today, the UK Government is not legally compelled to consult the devolved administrations before triggering Article 50. No part of the UK has a veto on the UK leaving the EU, something the First Minister of Scotland has herself accepted in the last few months. 

“Scotland’s voice is being heard clearly throughout the whole process - through the 59 MPs that represent Scotland in the UK Parliament, the Joint Ministerial Committee process, our close working with the Scottish Government and the sustained engagement we have had across Scotland since the vote to leave the EU.

“We want the SNP to take the uncertainty of a second referendum off the table and come together with us as we move forward - because that is how we will get the best possible deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK as we leave the EU.”