Unionists parties at Holyrood have refused to support a motion calling for Scotland to remain part of the European Single Market despite previously pledging backing.
The Scottish Conservatives were joined by the Lib Dems in voting against the SNP motion, whilst Kezia Dugdale’s Scottish Labour group abstained.
The motion, lodged by SNP MSP Keith Brown, called on the Scottish Parliament to recognise the “overwhelming vote” in Scotland to remain in the EU. The motion also called for “Scotland’s place in the single market to be fully protected”.
Despite Unionist opposition, the motion was successful with 65 MSPs backing the calls, 32 voting against and 20 abstentions.
The failure of Scottish Labour to back the single market vote was ridiculed by independence supporters on social media.
Many highlighted tweets posted by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale where she voiced support for the Single Market.
The Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish Lib Dems were also targeted with images of a Daily Record front page highlighting both parties’ recent pro-European stance.
Video clips showing Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson pledging support for the Single Market were also posted.
The vote followed earlier reports of chaos at the heart of the UK government over Brexit. A leaked memo is said to reveal that Number 10 Downing Street has no overall strategy for leaving the EU.
According to The Times newspaper, the document says, “It may be 6 months before there is a view on priorities/negotiation strategy as the political situation in the UK and the EU evolves,”
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister challenged the claim, saying, “We do have a plan, so I dispute that wholeheartedly,”
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