Brexit betrayal: Scottish Parliament votes to REVOKE Article 50 and cancel Brexit

MSPs approved the motion to cancel the UKs withdrawal from the European Union if it was not possible for a second referendum to take place. The motion put forward by the Scottish Greens at Holyrood, read: "Unless the UK secures a sufficient extension to the Brexit process to organise and conduct a People's Vote with an option to remain in the EU, the UK's notification under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union should be revoked immediately.”

The vote was overwhelmingly supported after 89 MSPs voted in favour of the amendment lodged by Patrick Harvie from the Scottish Green party.

Just 28 members of the Scottish parliament voted against and one MSP abstained from the vote.

The Holyrood debate was held ahead of MPs voting on eight indicative Brexit votes at Westminster tonight.

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Brexit news: MSPs voted in favour of revoking Article 50 (Image: EXPRESS)

The co-convener of the Green Party insisted the votes in parliament this evening would still cause further “uncertainly” over Brexit.

Mr Harvie also maintained leaving the bloc will also inflict "social, economic and political damage”.

He said: "As yet, we don't know what the result will be tonight from the indicative vote process at Westminster.

"We can be fairly sure that it won't result in a simple, sudden clarity, a sort of first-past-the-post, winner takes all, outcome.

"There will still be choices to make. There will still be uncertainty.”

He added: "There will still be the threat, the huge threat of social, economic and political damage from any form of Brexit, and there will still be those trying to push the country over the cliff edge to deliberately make this crisis even worse.

"Whether a withdrawal agreement is adopted or not, we must see an extension long enough to put it back to the people and if that doesn't happen, then we must cancel the crisis, revoke and move on."

Meanwhile Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay described the political situation as a "tragedy".

He said: "We see a Prime Minister in name only, alone, credibility in tatters.

"The worst holder of that political office since the last holder of that political office.

"Losing vote after vote, minister after minister, every shred of credibility she ever had, making the UK a laughing stock across the world."

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Brexit news: Theresa May leaving parliament after meeting the 1922 committee of backbenchers (Image: REUTERS)

This evening it has also emerged Theresa May is to step down as Prime Minister before the next phase of Brexit negotiations.

The PM's offer to step down after her Withdrawal Agreement is passed came in response to calls from a number of her backbenchers for her to name the date of her departure in return for their help in pushing the deal through Parliament.

Mrs May spoke to the influential Tory 1922 Committee shortly before MPs were due to take part in "indicative votes" on a range of Brexit options in the House of Commons.

Mrs May said she "will not stand in the way" of the party having new leadership, telling the 1922: "I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party."

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Brexit news: Nicola Sturgeon insisted Mrs May's departure does not affect the “profoundly bad” deal (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted Mrs May departure does not affect the “profoundly bad” Brexit deal on offer.

Ms Sturgeon stated the move also “raises the prospect of being shackled to a disastrous Brexit”.

Scotland's First Minister said: "Brexit is not about Theresa May's future, it is about all our futures - and nothing the Prime Minister says about her position changes the fact that her deal is a profoundly bad one.

"For Scotland, this raises the prospect of being shackled to a disastrous Brexit driven by a Tory party lurching even further to the right, with a Brexiteer PM in charge - further reinforcing the case for our country taking its future into its own hands."

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