The SNP MP fired a warning to the British Prime Minister as he continues to drum up support for a second Scottish independence referendum as the UK prepares to begin Brexit proceedings.
MPs voted 494 to 122 on Wednesday evening in favour of approving the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which will now proceed to the House of Lords.
However, the vote angered the former Scottish First Minister who warned the Prime Minister that she should be very careful about ignoring the interests of Scotland.
Alex Salmond urged Theresa May to listen and accept Nicola Sturgeons compromised proposal
He said: “After America, Scotland are England’s second biggest export market.
“So if Theresa May goes thorning across the Atlantic to be obsequious with Donald Trump she should try throning to Nicola Sturgeon because surely she doesn’t want to alienate her second biggest export market having successfully alienated the markets across Europe.
“And having to negotiate with Donald Trump from a position of absolute weakness.”
The bill will now be passed to the House of Lords where it is expected to be approved, before Mrs May begins formal negotiations with the European Union.
Nicola Sturgeon has already warned that a second independence referendum is highly likely
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However Mr Salmond, who continually insisted that a second independence referendum was “highly likely”, launched his furious tirade on the Government.
He said: “Scotland has a thousand year connection as a European nation and we don’t intend to allow a bunch of English Tory Brexiteers to sever that connection in order to fulfil some ridiculous ambition they have of restoring the British Empire.
“We would rather consolidate our position as a European nation.
“This believe it or not is the mad-hatters tea party of Westminster writ large.”
The SNP politician finished by reiterating that it was completely conceivable that Scotland can remain part of the single market even if the UK leaves.
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He argued: “Nicola Sturgeon has put a compromised proposal to Theresa May, to allow Scotland to stay part of the single market, even if the rest of the UK leaves it, that’s perfectly doable, it’s done elsewhere in Europe.
“The ball is in Theresa May’s court. If she accepts that compromised proposal, well and good.
“But if she sweeps it aside, and says that she doesn’t care that only one Scottish MP voted for this hard Tory Brexit, that she is not concerned about Scottish jobs, Scottish investment, then an independence referendum becomes very likely.
“You saw the surge of indolence support reported in the Scottish newspapers today, I expect that trend to continue.”
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