The SNP’s George Adam has warned that Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard is “unfit for opposition” following his repeated inaccuracies over what a hard Brexit entails for the country.
Speaking on today’s Good Morning Scotland, the Labour leader contradicted himself several times – at point one supporting single market membership before falsely claiming that leaving the European Union necessitates leaving the single market. He said:
- “The option of a Norway-style agreement is something that is not entirely ruled out. And I think the point of the, direction of debate that I’m leading it, is that we need to keep our options open.”
- “I don’t think actually you can have permanent membership of the single market because the UK is leaving the European Union.”
- “I don’t believe in a hard Brexit.”
A recent poll by Opinium found that 56% of potential Labour voters at the next election want the party to back permanent membership of the single market and customs union – however despite this, the Labour leadership has blocked a vote on the single market proposed by party members for this weekend’s party conference. Mr Leonard this morning appeared to dismiss the vote as something put forward by “half a dozen Labour parties.”
George Adam MSP said:
“This interview was so appalling it has to be heard to be believed.
“Richard Leonard came across as utterly clueless about the main issue facing the country – his rambling in defence of Labour’s support for the Tories’ Brexit plans was simply embarrassing.
“He then failed to show any leadership when it came to Labour’s bid to prop up the Tories at a local level in Aberdeen, or when it came to the race rows which have engulfed a senior Labour MP and councillor.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but no one is entitled to their own facts and with this shambles of a performance, Mr Leonard has proved once and for all that he is unfit for opposition, let alone for government.”