Welfare Powers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th January 2017.

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Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland 12:00 am, 18th January 2017

I do not recognise the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday as a hard Brexit plan. I do not think that the 500,000 Scottish National party voters who voted for Brexit will take kindly to being referred to as right-wing Tory Brexiteers. They were independently minded people in Scotland who voted for what they thought was the right thing for Scotland. It is absolutely clear, as the Prime Minister said yesterday, that we want to have access to the single market, and that is what the quote from me that the right hon. Gentleman just read out made clear. On the other hand, membership of the single market is a quite different thing, as Mike Russell and, privately, the Scottish Government accept.