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JENNY GILRUTH MSP ENGAGES WITH FIFE BUSINESSES OVER BREXIT DAMAGE

Publised date : 03 Dec 2018

JENNY GILRUTH MSP ENGAGES WITH FIFE BUSINESSES OVER BREXIT DAMAGE

 

UK DRAFT AGREEMENT COULD COST SCOTS £1,600 PER PERSON

 

Following the UK Government’s announcement that agreement has been reached with the EU on the terms of withdrawal, Fife MSP Jenny Gilruth has written to organisations across her Mid Fife and Glenrothes constituency to hold urgent discussions on the needs and concerns of businesses in the area.

 

This week the Scottish Government published an assessment of the deal, putting forward alternatives that would secure a better outcome for Scotland and the UK as a whole.

 

The Scottish Government supports full EU membership, but has has also put forward a compromise proposal to keep Scotland in the European Customs Union and Single Market, which is around eight times the size of the UK alone.

 

Nearly 6,800 companies operating in Scotland exported goods to the EU last year and over 10,000 companies were reliant on imports from the EU. 

 

The UK’s deal would take Scotland out of the Single Market, erect trade barriers, and end free movement, inevitably making it harder for Scottish businesses to access skills and talent from Europe – resulting in higher costs, a loss of competitiveness and production delays. 

 

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

 

“Since Scotland voted emphatically to remain part of the EU in 2016, the SNP has been leading discussions to explore all possible options that protect our place in Europe.

 

“Based on the current Withdrawal Deal that’s being put forward by Theresa May, business investment, productivity, earnings and employment in Scotland will all suffer.  

 

“Compared with continued EU membership, Theresa May’s proposal could cost the equivalent of £1,600 for each person in Scotland by 2030.

 

“It is vital that the voices of organisations here in Mid Fife and Glenrothes are heard, and respected, as we look to secure a bright future for Scottish business.

 

“I would urge businesses to get in touch to make their views known on how Brexit will affect their interests and the economy here in Fife.”

 

Local Reporters, East Fife Mail, Glenrothes Gazette, St Andrews Citizen, Courier (Fife), COMMUNITY, LOCAL BUSINESS, FINANCE & ECONOMY
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