This MP Rewrote The "Trainspotting" Speech To Make A Ferocious Attack On Brexit

    "Choose the great Brexit power grab, taking back control of straight bananas," said SNP MP Hannah Bardell.

    Hannah Bardell, the SNP MP for Livingston, has delivered this attack on which turned the famous Trainspotting opening into a rebuke of Brexit.

    Bardell, who was speaking on Wednesday during the House of Commons debate on the triggering of Article 50 – which will begin the official process for leaving the EU – said she wanted to pay tribute to author Irvine Welsh, director Danny Boyle, and Scottish actor Ewan McGregor.

    The SNP MP went on to deliver a ferocious attack of the Conservative government's plan for leaving the EU, saying it was choosing a rise in hate crime, xenophobic sentiment, and the "great Brexit power grab, taking back control of straight bananas".

    The SNP's 54 MPs are voting against the triggering of Article 50, and Bardell warned that if the other MPs in the Commons refused to do the same, then "it will be the beginning of the end of this dis-United Kingdom".

    Read the whole of Bardell's speech below:

    "Choose Brexit. Choose making up numbers from thin air about the NHS and plastering them on the side of buses. Choose racist and xenophobic sentiments seeping out from some corners of the Leave campaign.

    "Choose hate crime rising by over 40% and LGBT hate crime by 150% in England and Wales following the Brexit vote. Choose taking the people of our nations to the polls on one of the most important issues of a generation with nothing written down and no plan.

    "Choose ignoring the interests of the people of Scotland and my constituents in Livingston despite the fact they voted overwhelmingly to Remain in the EU. Choose leaving the single market, risking 80,000 Scottish jobs within a decade and costing the people of Scotland an average of £2,000 a year in wages.

    "Choose lowering Scotland's GDP by more than £10 billion and Scotland's exports by more than £5 billion. Choose vital EU worker status being under threat with widespread uncertainty to family, businesses, and the economy.

    "Choose risking our international standing in the academic research and innovation communities as we lose access to funding, expertise, and people in the EU. Choose walking away from the European medicine association without any detail or thought of the impact.

    "Choose the great Brexit power grab, taking back control of straight bananas. Choose returning to the Thatcher era of poverty and austerity. Choose the UK turning its back on Europe. These, Mr Speaker, are not the choices that the Scottish people made."

    Despite Bardell's speech, the bill is expected to pass thanks to support from most Conservative and Labour MPs.

    Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

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