Tuesday, 11 September 2018 13:53

BREXIT WORKER SHORTAGES THREATEN NORTH SEA PRODUCTION, INDUSTRY WARNS

SNP ECHOES INDUSTRY CALLS FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT BEYOND BREXIT
 
The SNP is calling on the UK government to commit to freedom of movement after the UK leaves the EU in light of reports that Brexit worker shortages could cause north sea oil and gas platforms to shut down operations and production.
 

A group of SNP politicians have written to the Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy following the warnings in Oil and Gas UK’s Economic Report that Brexit could cause worker shortages, including skilled engineers that operate emergency response and rescue vessels. The report confirms that around 5% of the total oil and gas workforce, and around 7% of the offshore workforce, come from other EU countries.
 
The leading industry body stated that it is “vital that arrangements are in place between the UK and EU to allow the continued frictionless movement of people…. Delays in access to skilled resources from EU countries have the potential to lead to project delays, or to projects being managed from outside the UK, and in some instances could lead to production having to be shut down.”
 
SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin said:
 
“These grave warnings of Brexit-fuelled worker shortages shutting down production in the north sea reinforce the urgent need for the Scottish Government to be represented in Brexit negotiations in order to safeguard Scotland’s interests.
 
“This report also highlights the need for immigration to be controlled by the Scottish Parliament to meet the specific needs of Scotland’s economy.
 
“Scotland’s oil and gas sector has raised hundreds of millions of pounds for the UK Treasury – guaranteeing access to the EU workforce beyond 2020 is the least they could do to support this vital industry.
 
“With evidence showing that a hard Brexit could cost the Scottish economy 80,000 jobs - Theresa May needs to start putting the interests of the economy ahead of the right wing of the Tory party.
 
“There is no need to take the country hurtling towards a harmful hard Brexit regardless of the impact – it is in the interests of both the Scottish and UK economies to guarantee membership of the European Single Market and Customs Union immediately.”   
 

 
Oil and Gas UK’s latest Economic Report is available here.
 
Brexit worker issues 'could shut offshore platforms'
 
Letter from SNP MSPs Stewart Stevenson, Maureen Watt, Gillian Martin, Mairi Gougeon and Kevin Stewart as well as SNP MPs Kirsty Blackman Drew Hendry, to Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, calling for guarantees over north sea workers:
 
Dear Sajid and Greg
 
We read with considerable concern warnings in the latest Oil and Gas UK Economic Report that worker shortages after the UK leaves the EU could cause north sea oil and gas platforms to shut down operations and production.
 
We are therefore writing to request that the UK government guarantees continued access to the EU workforce beyond 2020 in order to safeguard Scotland’s oil and gas industry, one of the UK’s most lucrative exports.
 
The leading industry body Oil and Gas UK report stated that it is “vital that arrangements are in place between the UK and EU to allow the continued frictionless movement of people…. Delays in access to skilled resources from EU countries have the potential to lead to project delays, or to projects being managed from outside the UK, and in some instances could lead to production having to be shut down.”
 
Scotland’s incredible potential for energy generation and development is indisputable, and this must not be put at risk because the UK government wants to close the door to EU workers.  
 
With evidence showing that a hard Brexit could cost the Scottish economy up to 80,000 jobs, the SNP firmly believes it is in the interests of both the Scottish and UK economies to guarantee membership of the European Single Market and Customs Union.
 
Can you please provide assurances that frictionless access to EU workforces will continue beyond 2020, in order to avoid the shut down of oil and gas platforms because of worker shortages after Brexit?
 
Yours faithfully

Gillian Martin MSP
Stewart Stevenson MSP
Maureen Watt MSP 
Mairi Gougeon MSP
Kevin Stewart MSP
Kirsty Blackman MP
Drew Hendry MP 

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