West Dunbartonshire’s MP has said Boris Johnson should rule out a damaging no-deal Brexit after the new Prime Minister’s plans were defeated in parliament.

Local SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes voted in the House of Commons this week to support the passing of a cross-party Bill designed to prevent the threat of crashing out of the EU on 31st October.

It comes as a YouGov poll for The Times Scotland suggests voters across Scotland are increasingly backing the SNP, with the party polling to win 51 of Scotland’s 59 seats in a snap general election.

Meanwhile 57% of Remain voters say they would vote for independence and a majority of people in across Scotland now agree that Scotland should have the right to choose its future.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“Boris Johnson’s ‘do or die’ no-deal Brexit would be devastating for our communities – threatening to destroy 100,000 jobs and hit living standards, public services and the economy.

“The UK government’s own analysis shows that crashing out of the EU with no-deal would result in an economic and social crisis not seen since the Thatcher years.

“Having lived through that, and seen how my own family and our communities suffered, I will not stand by as we face a re-run of the hardship of the 1980s at the behest of a new British Prime Minister.

“West Dunbartonshire and Scotland voted overwhelmingly to Remain. The strength of opposition to a hardline Tory Brexit is clear and voters are rightly fed up with Scotland being ignored.

“With the prospect of an election imminent, it’s no wonder the latest opinion polls are showing a rise in support for the SNP and a majority of voters backing Scotland’s right to choose a better future.

“Westminster is failing Scotland, but the SNP will never take a single vote for granted.

“I will continue working hard on behalf of the people of Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale and do all I can to stop Boris Johnson and prevent the threat of a damaging no-deal Brexit.”