Scottish Tories can give Sturgeon ‘run for her money’ says MP
On January 31 as Britain left the bloc after 47 years of membership, the Scottish government beamed a “Europe loves Scotland” message onto the Brussels-based executive’s Berlaymont headquarters. The illumination was funded by the SNP despite claims from the party that the Commission was behind it. But today, a Commission spokeswoman confirmed the institution had nothing to do with the Remainer stunt, and it in fact was reported to the local police.
She said: “In relation to the message projected on the Berlaymont on the 31st of January I can confirm it seems that this had nothing to do with the Commission we were not in the knowledge of that. This is something that is between those stakeholders, those third parties and the Belgian police so we had nothing to do with that action or with the message that was projected. We have just one interlocutor in relation to the future partnership with the UK and that is of course London.
“This was part of our ongoing discussions with the Belgian police which is in charge of many aspects linked to the Berlaymont and I know that it was taken up with them as we checked actually about the incidents so I can again confirm that it had nothing to do with us and it was simply a matter for the Belgian police.
An SNP spokesman said “The projection was commissioned by the SNP,”
“We are not talking here about the message itself the content of that message we were only talking about procedures for projecting an image with any message on a building such as the Berlaymont and this is what the discussion referred to and I simply said that in relation to projecting such messages on building that was a matter for the Belgian police it wasn’t something which was for us we are not in the business of being requested or granting authorisations for people from outside for projecting messages on our building. This is what the discussion was about.”
Last week, Ms Sturgeon posted a picture of the stunt on social media.
Nicola Sturgeon’s anti-Brexit stunt was reported to the police by the European Commission
She said: “The EU Commission building in Brussels tonight (and if you look carefully you’ll see that they do appear to have left a light on for us!)”
An SNP spokesman confirmed to Express.co.uk that the party was behind the Brexit day love message.
“The projection was commissioned by the SNP,” they said.
Scottish Government building in Edinburgh, is illuminated in blue and yellow, the colours of the European flag, ahead of the UK leaving the European Union
Scottish firm Double Take productions also confirmed they were commissioned to carry out the stunt.
Peter Grant, Treasury spokesman for the SNP and former Europe spokesman at Westminster, said that the projection was the work of the EU.
He wrote on Twitter: “What a strange thing to do for a European commission that Labour and the Tories say doesn’t want Scotland back in.”