A move to abandon Brexit is being made today (Thursday February 14th) at Westminster by na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus Brendan MacNeil.

Mr MacNeil is to table an amendment in the House of Commons asking MPs to support revoking Article 50 before March 29th, to avoid inflicting economic damage on all countries of the UK.

He has already secured the support of Father of the House, Kenneth Clarke MP, and several other MPs of all parties.

“With the choice of the Prime Minister’s damaging Brexit deal -  being presented to the House of Commons once again today (Thursday) - or an even more damaging ‘No Deal’ exit from the EU, I am tabling an amendment to the EU Withdrawal motion to revoke Article 50, not to extend it and breathe further life into this economically damaging phase.

“Leaving the EU will negatively impact all of us and damages the economy of the islands. Membership of the Single Market and Customs Union is crucial for industry in the islands and the rest of Scotland. Free movement of people is also hugely beneficial to us as we really need more people to live and work here and to make a valuable contribution to our communities.”

The Treaty of Lisbon outlines the constitution of the EU and any member state wishing to leave the EU must invoke Article 50 of the Treaty. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in December that the UK can unilaterally revoke its withdrawal notification made under Article 50.