Tuesday, 28 August 2018 05:01

MAY SLAMMED OVER ‘RECKLESS’ NO DEAL BREXIT DEFENCE

TORIES MUST DITCH PLANS FOR JOBS-DESTROYING HARD BREXIT

SNP Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Stephen Gethins, has renewed calls on the UK government to rule out a no deal Brexit - after Theresa May today sought to play down warnings from her own Chancellor by claiming it “wouldn’t be the end of the world”.

The MP for North East Fife said the Prime Minister was being “reckless in the extreme” by continuing to countenance a no deal scenario, which the UK government’s own analysis suggests would hit Scottish GDP by up to 9% - costing Scotland around £12.7billion a year, the equivalent of £2,300 per person, and around 80,000 jobs.

The Prime Minister’s claim is the latest in a series of apocalyptic comparisons deployed by UK government ministers in an attempt to defend damaging plans for a Tory hard Brexit. Earlier this month, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the UK would “survive” a no deal Brexit, having previously warned it would “be a mistake we would regret for generations”. While former Brexit Secretary David Davis said the UK would not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world” under the UK government’s Brexit plans.

Commenting, Stephen Gethins MP said:

“Theresa May is being reckless in the extreme by downplaying the serious warnings of her own Chancellor, and continuing to countenance a no deal Brexit - despite the devastating harm she knows it would cause to the whole country. 
 
“The UK government knows its plans for a Tory hard Brexit will be deeply damaging for the economy - destroying many thousands of jobs, and squeezing the incomes and living standards of millions of families for decades to come. 
 
“It’s own analysis suggests a hard Brexit would hit Scottish GDP by up to 9% - costing Scotland around £12.7billion a year, the equivalent of £2,300 per person, and putting around 80,000 jobs on the line. 
 
“The Tories are even more out of touch than we all thought if they really believe they can just shrug off such a damaging impact to families with the absurd excuse that its not ‘the end of the world’.
 
“The UK government must immediately rule out a no deal scenario, and ditch their plans for a Tory hard Brexit. Short of staying in the EU, as Scotland voted overwhelmingly for, the only way to protect jobs and prosperity is to remain in the single market and customs union - and that must be the priority.”  
 
Theresa May says a no deal Brexit wouldn’t be the end of the world’ -https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/aug/28/theresa-may-says-a-no-deal-brexit-wouldnt-be-the-end-of-the-world
 
‘Hunt clarifies no-deal comments: UK would survive’ - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45216061
 
‘David Davis: Brexit will not plunge Britain into Mad Max dystopia’ - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/feb/19/david-davis-brexit-britain-mad-max
 
‘Brexit could hit Scottish growth by 9%’ - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42977080
 
‘Hard brexit would cost Scots £12.7billion’ - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42682253
 
‘Fraser of Allander report: Brexit could cost 80,000 jobs’ - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37564729
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