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United Kingdom Administration (Relations)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 11th December 2019.

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Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

Thank you, Presiding Officer—I was starting to worry that you had fallen out of love with me.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

The issue, Mr Fraser, is that you should be in the chamber to hear the instructions at the beginning of portfolio question time. That is your problem, not mine. Anyway, on you go.

Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

I was here at the start.

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has made any preparations for working with a Labour-led United Kingdom Administration. (S5O-03892)

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government will, of necessity, work with the next UK Administration, of whatever political complexion, in order to ensure that the interests of Scotland are protected.

Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

We all know, of course, that Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon are ready and waiting to do a deal on Friday in the unfortunate event that they get a chance, so can the cabinet secretary confirm that granting a section 30 order before 2021 will be a red line in any negotiations between the Scottish Government and a Labour-led UK Administration?

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

I can confirm two things: one is that the right choice for Scotland tomorrow is to vote for the Scottish National Party and for no other party. The second thing that I can confirm is that we believe that the Scottish people have the right to decide their own future, a matter that distinguishes this party from all the other parties in the chamber.

Photo of Colin Beattie Colin Beattie Scottish National Party

Does the cabinet secretary agree that, when it comes to the UK Administration, the greatest threat facing Scotland is a Boris Johnson-led Government, which would force us out of Europe and put our NHS at risk in a US trade deal?

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

I am going to stop the member there. We are not on the stump. We seem to be in electioneering mode—I wonder why.