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The House of Commons erupted into peels of laughter at Pete Wishart’s unusual attack on Michael Gove. The SNP MP mockingly paid tribute to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for aiding the fight for Scottish independence. Mr Wishart claimed that the ferverence for Brexit had alienated many in Scotland, which would help the SNP.
He said of Mr Gove: “He, more than any other senior Tory, has made the single biggest contribution to the cause of independence in Scotland.
“It’s been his supreme efforts in Brexit that have pushed support for Scottish independence to sustained majority support.
“All of us that support an independent Scotland salute him today, and a statue will soon be commissioned in Aberdeen.
“I’m sure all that nonsense and Euro-blaming looks like progress to him.”
Mr Wishart continued: “But for us in Scotland, it just confirms why we want to get out of the dysfunctional union.
“Just look at last week, he totally and contentiously ignored the representations from all the devolved administrations about the Brexit extension.
“He treated them with such disdain that they felt there was no point engaging with them any longer.
“So can I ask the Sceretary of State, what is the point of devolved administrations engaging with this Government anymore?”
Mr Gove, along with many in the Commons, proceeded to burst into laughter at the passionate speech.
The cabinet minsiter joked: “I’m very grateful for the gallimaufry of not so much mixed, but entangled metaphors.
“As long as his smiling features gaze down on us, we know the union is safe.”
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He added: “We know that the cause of Scottish nationalism, despite the ardour with which he puts his case, will sadly not prevail intellectually, morally, economically or politically.
“He makes the point, of course, that there has been a difference in opinion between the Scottish Government and the UK Government on the question of extension.
“But there has been extensive engagement between the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland executives.
“Of course, we take different views, but also work together to safeguard the interests of our United Kingdom.
“I hope that his colleagues in the Scottish Government will continue to engage constructively in the interests of every citizen of the United Kingdom.”
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