Labour rebels (left to right) Neil Findlay, Elaine Smith and Richard Leonard
The Scottish Parliament voted 90 to 34 to oppose the UK Government’s plans to trigger Article 50 in what was a symbolic gesture as the Supreme Court had already ruled there was no legal need for MSPs to give their consent to press ahead with Brexit.
Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP-run Parliament was defiant in making its point to halt the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, along with Labour, Liberal Democrats and Greens.
But three Labour MSPs defied Scottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale to join 31 Conservatives to support the will of the people.
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The motion was lodged by Scottish Brexit minister Michael Russell who accused Theresa May of failing to properly consult the devolved administrations on an agreed UK position.
The motion also said the Government had refused to give a guarantee on the position of EU nationals in the UK and had failed to answer a range of questions regarding the full implications of withdrawal from the single market.
Mr Russell opened a heated debate by saying Scotland had voted "clearly and decisively" to remain in the EU in last year's referendum.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and her Brexit minister Michael Russell
We will never, ever turn our back on Europe and the world
SNP Brexit minister Michael Russell
He said: "We're going to keep talking and make sure that we go on talking so that the Article 50 letter can still be influenced by the reasonable demands of Scotland.
"But what we are also going to do is this – never allow Scotland to be humiliated and its democratic choice rejected, and we will never, ever turn our back on Europe and the world."
Tory MSP John Lamont accused SNP ministers of “grievance politics” and making “weekly threats” about another vote on independence.
He said: “Despite the rhetoric from the Scottish Government, the reality is there is plenty of opportunity to engage in the process of the UK leaving the EU.”
Remain campaigners in Scotland which voted to stay in the EU REMOANERS: These people hate BREXIT! Mon, January 16, 2017
Remainers are finding it hard to accept Brexit.
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All 31 Conservative MSPs at Holyrood backed the UK government’s position They are: Ruth Davidson, Alexander Burnett, John Scott, Oliver Mundell, Jackson Carlaw, John Lamont, Finlay Carson, Margaret Mitchell, Graham Simpson, Alison Harris, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Douglas Ross, Edward Mountain, Donald Cameron, Miles Briggs, Gordon Lindhurst, Jeremy Balfour, Murdo Fraser, Liz Smith, Dean Lockhart, Alexander Stewart, Alex Johnstone, Ross Thomson, Peter Chapman, Liam Kerr, Rachael Hamilton, Brian Whittle, Jamie Greene, Maurice Golden and Maurice Corry.
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