IAN BLACKFORD:MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber

The SNP will host a cross-party summit today (Tuesday) in the Houses of Parliament to coordinate efforts to ensure the UK remains in the single market and customs union – and avoid the devastating threat of an extreme Tory Brexit.
Hosted by SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP, the roundtable will include the leaders of the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, and the Greens – with an empty chair waiting for Jeremy Corbyn should the Labour leader choose to attend.
In a letter to Ian Blackford on Friday, Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would not attend, rejecting the chance for cross-party talks on the biggest issue facing the country – despite the news last week that 87% of Labour Party members support remaining in the single market.
Ahead of the summit Ian Blackford warned time is running out to save the UK economy from the unprecedented threat of leaving the single market.
Commenting Ian Blackford MP said:
“Extreme Tory plans to drag Scotland and the UK out of the single market and customs union will take a wrecking ball to our economy – destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs, and damaging people’s incomes, livelihoods, and living standards for decades to come. 
“As we move into the critical second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and with just over a year to go before the UK is set to leave the EU, time is running out to save the country from this unprecedented economic catastrophe. 
“Our hope for the meeting tomorrow is to build on the consensus with other opposition parties – it is now more important than ever that we have a united and effective opposition focused on protecting our vital single market membership and holding the UK government to account.
“Short of remaining in the EU, protecting our single market membership is by far the best compromise, the least damaging option, and the only way to safeguard people’s jobs, incomes, and living standards.”