Tuesday, 21 January 2020 07:19



With just 10 days to go till Brexit day, the SNP has reiterated that the people of Scotland must have the choice over their own future as the UK is dragged towards economic and social ruin by the Tory government’s Brexit plans.

As the UK prepares to officially leave the EU and enter the transition period on January 31st, the SNP’s Europe spokesperson warned that Scotland must not pay the price of the Tories’ reckless plans, which will end freedom of movement, roll back on workers’ rights and environmental standards, harm businesses and key industries, and cost thousands of jobs.

Dr Philippa Whitford MP, the SNP’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, said:

“With just 10 days to go till Brexit day, the threat to Scotland’s economy, society, and future is on the horizon.

“January 31st will be no cause for celebration for the people of Scotland who voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, and while Downing St marks the day with a light show the reality is that the UK will be switching off the lights as it departs from the international stage and isolates itself.

“Scotland faces being dragged out of the EU off the back of a reckless Tory Brexit deal that will end freedom of movement – with damaging consequences for our key sectors, including tourism, agriculture, health & social care, and which will threaten the livelihoods of EU nationals who contribute massively to our society.

“The Brexit agreement, and pledges made by government ministers to diverge from high EU standards, put at risk our financial services, rural economy, workers’ rights, and the environmental standards needed to tackle climate change.

“In all its forms Brexit will be deeply damaging, leaving us worse off and signalling a decline in the UK’s standing on the international stage. 

“With the UK government refusing to extend the transition period beyond December there is also the growing danger of a devastating No-Deal Brexit.

“The people of Scotland must have the choice of a better future as an independent country in the EU over a broken, Brexit Britain - and t

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