Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was slammed as “devastating” after the Tories pushed Britain closer to leaving the EU.
In a historic vote at the Commons on Friday, Johnson’s new majority government comfortably pushed a revised deal over the line, all but guaranteeing a symbolic January 31 deadline.
Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, said Tories have stripped away vital safeguards and warned the real struggle starts with trade negotiations in February.
Meanwhile, six Labour MPs ignored their party’s orders to side with Conservatives.
And the Scottish Government confirmed it will refuse consent to the plan at Holyrood - a move Johnson is expected to ignore.
After the pivotal vote, Blackford said: “Boris Johnson’s re-drafted Brexit deal has gone from bad to devastating - shamefully rowing back on commitments to protect child refugees, abandoning workers’ rights and environmental standards, and banning Parliament from extending the transition period, ramping up the risk of a no-deal Brexit.
“The Tories’ toxic Brexit Bill presents a clear and present danger to Scotland, is a stain on the UK’s standing on the international stage and it will do nothing less than inflict lasting harm on our public services, economy and people’s livelihoods.
“The people of Scotland did not vote for Brexit and with the SNP returning with a greater mandate it’s clear that Scotland still rejects Brexit.”
In a packed Commons, Johnson secured a 124 majority in the second reading of his European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill.
It came one week since Johnson learned he’d won a majority of 80 MPs over the opposition in the general election.
Britain is now due to formally leave on January 31 but a transition period is set for December 31 next year.
Failure to get the details right in those 11 months could see a return to the feared no-deal exit, with potentially dire consequences for the economy.
In a bizarre speech, littered with references to Romeo and Juliet, Johnson told Parliament: “This is the time when we move on and discard the old labels of Leave and Remain.
“In fact, the very words seem tired to me - as defunct as Big-enders and Little-enders, or Montagues and Capulets at the end of the play.”
And in an odd conclusion, he added: “The oven is on, so to speak, it is set at gas mark 4, we can have it done by lunchtime, or late lunch.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, still in post despite his election defeat, said the government’s handling of Brexit has been a “national embarrassment”.
He said: “This deal is a road map for the reckless direction in which the Government and our Prime Minister are determined to take our country.”
A long list of the government’s opponents stood to warn Brexit will not be “done” next month.
Newly elected SNP MP Alyn Smith, a long-serving member of the European Parliament, said: “This is a momentous day for some in this House. It is a day of deep sadness for many of us.
“I assure you today’s vote will live in infamy. It is not the end of Brexit. It’s the start of something far worse.”
Scotland’s Brexit secretary, Michael Russell, meanwhile wrote to the UK Government outlining opposition to the plan.
It’s part of a technical process designed to stop Westminster ruling on matters which cut across devolved government.
But it is just a convention and the UK Government can overrule it if they want.
Russell said: “The UK Government should work to build consensus, with the full involvement of the devolved administrations, rather than rush to impose its own narrow views on everyone else.”
MSPs will debate the latest twist next month.