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Scots will not allow May to 'rob them of rights as EU citizens', warns SNP

File photo dated 29/6/2016 of thousands of Remain supporters gather outside the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, to show their support for the European Union in the wake of Brexit. The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a new independence referendum should be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 13, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Scotland. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

By Dan O'Donoghue, Press Association Political Staff

Scots will not allow Theresa May to "rob them of their rights as EU citizens", the SNP has said.

The party's Westminster leader Ian Blackford blasted the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the Commons, telling MPs it would "leave people poorer than the status quo".

Mrs May had to battle against cries of "it will" and "just say yes" as she tried to explain how her deal was the "best" for the UK.

Mr Blackford, speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, said: "Quite clearly, under any scenario, leaving the single market and the customs union we'll be poorer.

"The Prime Minister wants to take us back to the days of Thatcher and a belief that unemployment is a price worth paying, that's the reality.

"No government should choose to weaken its economy and make its citizens poorer, that's what the Prime Minister is doing.

"People in Scotland voted overwhelming to Remain, we voted for our rights to be respected and we are not prepared to give up those rights.

"The Prime Minister must explain to the people of Scotland why her deal will rob them of their rights as EU citizens."

Mrs May responded: "What the analysis shows is that this is a strong economy that will continue to grow and that the model which actually delivers best on delivering for the vote of the British people and for our jobs and our economy is the model that the Government has put forward."

She added: "He talks about what the people of Scotland voted for, they voted to stay in the United Kingdom and they voted for 13 Conservative MPs."

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