SNP MP Deidre Brock today used Prime Minister's Questions to urge the UK government to reject proposals by a leading Tory Brexiteer to use leaving the EU as an opportunity to scrap important environmental and safety standards.
The MP for Edinburgh North and Leith called on the UK government to commit to continued tough targets to protect the environment - after Jacob Rees-Mogg MP used a Treasury Select Committee hearing to argue that the UK should scrap current EU standards on imported products, and instead roll back regulations to a similar level as India.
Following the exchange with Leader of the House David Lidington MP, who stood in for Theresa May at PMQs today, Deidre Brock MP said:
"The real threat posed by a right-wing hard Brexit is becoming clearer by the day.
"Tory and UKIP politicians want to use leaving the EU as an opportunity to cut the hard-won protections that we all take for granted as members – ditching important environmental and safety standards, ending our freedom of movement, rolling back workers' rights.
"We already know the huge damage that leaving the EU stands to do to the economy – costing Scotland 80,000 jobs and £11.2billion a year, squeezing the living standards of millions of families, threatening businesses, and hitting communities across the country.
"As we move closer to Article 50 being triggered, the reality of what it means for Scotland to be dragged out of the EU against our will and towards a Tory 'red, white and blue' Brexit looks worse than ever."
Deidre Brock MP's PMQ: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/353f9224-e34b-4f1b-ab00-5d4c09c7a28d?in=12:22:52&out=12:24:00
Q. "Does the Leader of the House agree with the Honourable Member for North East Somerset that Brexit offers an opportunity to remove pesky emission standards. In the red, white and blue Brexit will his government still commit to continued tough targets to protect our environment or will tackling global warming just become a load of hot air?"
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP's comments - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-safety-standards-workers-rights-jacob-rees-mogg-a7459336.html