Wednesday, 06 September 2017 05:25



SNP MSP Gillian Martin is calling for a halt to the Tories’ extreme Brexit plans - and for Scotland to gain control of its own immigration policy, following a report from KPMG suggesting a brain drain of up to 63,000 EU workers from Scotland post-Brexit.


This worrying trend will only be compounded by the leaked Tory immigration plans in today’s Guardian, which paint a bleak picture of a post-Brexit United Kingdom.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said:

“This report shows just how damaging Theresa May’s reckless Brexit plans could be to Scotland’s economy.

“The Tories are threatening a massive brain drain that will be deeply damaging for the whole country. Many sectors in parts of Scotland face being left with huge staff shortages – indeed, in evidence to a parliamentary committee recently, a company in my own constituency confirmed that nearly 80% of their staff are EU workers.

“Instead of slamming the door shut on much-needed talent, the Tories should commit to staying in the single market and customs union.

“But going forward, Scotland needs powers over immigration to set a policy that meets the needs of our economy and society – and which ensures we can protect ourselves from the disastrous plans of the hard Brexiteers.”

- Today's Guardian front page:

- European and External Relations Committee – The EU referendum and its implications for Scotland – Written submission from Macduff Shellfish

“Moreover, 79% of our employees originate from other European Member States. The European labour market is a vital resource to Macduff and our continued success will be dependent upon the future flow of European workers.”

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