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Watch: Theresa May on the SNP’s hypocrisy over Brexit

Oh dear. Although the SNP like to pride themselves on being the ‘real opposition’, they tend to struggle when on the receiving end of criticism. And so it was the case today at PMQs as Theresa May responded to a question from Angus Robertson over the government’s Brexit plans:

AR: Will the Prime Minister confirm today to the country whether the UK is likely to leave the EU customs union post-Brexit, yes or no?

TM: The right honourable gentleman doesn’t seem to understand that the customs union is not just a binary decision. But let’s put that aside, let’s look at what we need to do which is to get the best deal for access to for trading with and for operating within the single market.

And the right honourable gentleman stands up time and again in Prime Minister’s questions and says to me that he wants access to the single European market. I might remind him that it was only a couple of years ago that he wanted to take Scotland out of the single European market.

With the SNP responding by jeering and shouting until the Speaker was forced to intervene and ask them to calm down, it appears that May touched a nerve. During the independence referendum, the SNP said Scotland ought to become a full member of the European Union, while complaining about David Cameron holding too much power. However, there was little clarity and much doubt on how this membership would be achieved — and whether Scotland would meet the criteria if they had to apply. Despite this uncertainty, politicians like Robertson passionately argued for independence and dismissed warnings to the contrary as scaremongering…

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