The National:

IT appears that April Fool’s Day has indeed come early for Scottish Labour.

Well, The Jouker can only hope that the party was joking when they got MSP Neil Bibby to propose an amendment to Tuesday afternoon’s debate on Scotland’s future being “best served by being part of the EU”.

In a shocking turn of events however, Labour’s Bibby has disagreed and lodged an amendment to the motion.

He has suggested that, rather than a discussion on how Scotland would be better off in the EU, the motion should state that the country would be best served with "Scottish and UK Labour administrations”.

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The jokes didn’t stop there though as Tory MSP Donald Cameron decided to get in on the fun as well, lodging his own amendment.

He suggested that the motion should instead suggest that the Parliament “regrets that the Scottish Government continues to disrespect the outcome of the two referendums held in 2014 and 2016, and calls on the Scottish Government to focus on the real priorities of the people of Scotland rather than obsessing over the constitution”.

The Jouker guesses that as far as the Scottish Labour and Tory groups are concerned, it’s been a productive afternoon. But maybe they should focus on the reality instead.

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In June 2023, the Office for Budget Responsibility said it expected the UK’s GDP to be 4% lower in the long run because of Brexit.

Oh, and not to mention the fact that fruit and veg prices are also set to rise in the UK due to new post-Brexit controls.

Recent poll analysis from Redfield and Wilton Strategies also showed that leaving the UK and joining the EU would be better for the country according to, that’s right, most Scots.

Right enough though, Scotland would be better just ignoring this and debating how great a Brexit-backing, Labour government will be …