MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black has said the UK government must end its “reckless self-harm on Scotland” over a no-deal Brexit, and take heed of the mounting evidence against the direction of the conservative’s Brexit plans.
New analysis published by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research revealed that a no-deal Brexit would hit the economy to the tune of £800 per head per year in lost output.
The findings also showed that the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan would cost the UK economy £500 per head per year.
Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stated that the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit was “increasing by the day”, and that the UK would not blink in its negotiations with the EU.
Black said: “This latest report shows that a no deal Brexit will cost an incredible £800 per head per year and that Theresa May’s chequers plan would cost us £500 per head. The UK government are harming the people that they are elected to represent. They can’t even agree with each other, never mind negotiate with the European Union.
“The Labour party are non-existent in their opposition to this Brexit disaster. They are sitting on their hands on one of the most important issues the country has ever faced. The SNP will continue to stand up for what is best for the people of Scotland.
“The comments from Jeremy Hunt that the likelihood of a no-deal is increasing by the day, and that the UK government will not blink in its negotiations with the EU, are unbefitting of the office he holds. It’s time that this reckless self-harm on Scotland was brought to an end.
“Time is running out to secure the best deal for Scotland. Theresa May has shown on several occasions that we are an afterthought in these negotiations. We must remember that Scotland did not vote for Brexit and neither did the people of Renfrewshire.”