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Kerr: Theresa May could 'end this process tomorrow'

Borders MP Calum Kerr has said Prime Minister Theresa May could stop moves towards a second independence referendum if she reconsidered 'proposals for Scotland to stay within the Single Market'.

The SNP MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, said: "There is nothing inevitable about this process. If the Prime Minister is prepared to listen to the 64 per cent of Scots who voted to remain in Europe and seek compromise to accommodate these serious and pragmatic proposals, she could end this process tomorrow."

"Unlike in 2014, we know that change is coming either way. So the key question now is who we want to be in control of that change and what kind of country we want our children to grow up in," he added.


MP condemns St Abbs lifeboat station closure

There has been a campaign to keep the station open. Credit: ITV Border

SNP MP Calum Kerr has spoken of his disappointment at the closure of St Abbs Lifeboat Station, today.

It was closed by the RNLI, because the group says the area of coast can be covered by positioning an extra inshore lifeboat at Eyemouth, which is a better use of resources.

Mr Kerr has also praised campaigners, for their fight to keep it open.

I'm hugely disappointed that the RNLI wouldn't reconsider their decision to withdraw the lifeboat service at St Abbs.

However, local people mounted a fantastic and spirited campaign, with the crew themselves continuing to answer calls and save lives even with the closure hanging over them. They deserve our huge thanks and respect.

We did all we could. Our MSP Paul Wheelhouse and I wrote to all the trustees - the only people who could have reversed the decision. Sadly, they weren't persuaded.

Everyone who took part in the campaign should feel proud of themselves. They may not have won, but they have displayed a community spirit and tenacity which is dignified and generous.

In that sense, they've scored a victory, and St Abbs and the Borders are better for it.”

– Calum Kerr MP

WATCH: Interview with Borders MP Calum Kerr

SNP MP Calum Kerr is the first non Liberal Democrat MP in the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency for fifty years.

Jenny Longden talks to him about life as a Scottish Nationalist in Westminster.