Sunday, 30 September 2018 07:40


The SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford MP, has warned that the Tories' public infighting over the Brexit process poses a real threat to the UK’s economy, jobs and livelihoods, as the Tory party conference gets underway today (Sunday).

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has led the charge against his party leader by describing Theresa May’s Brexit plans as “supine” and her Chequers plan a “moral and intellectual humiliation” - while refusing to rule out a leadership challenge.

Jacob Rees-Mogg described May's Chequers plan as "pointless," claiming that opposition to the policy is growing. The MP has called on the country and the Conservative Party to unite behind his position, suggesting the Tory party conference "is the time to do it". 
Cabinet Minister Sam Gyimah has said that the Tory party has now found itself in the position of “talking business down,” while Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab claimed that struggling businesses in the UK are choosing to blame Brexit, rather than taking responsibility for their own loss in profits.
The UK government announced earlier this week that it has appointed a minister to oversee the protection of food supplies in the UK – the first time since the Second World War.
A survey of more than 1,300 UK and EU-based supply chain managers by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), revealed that delays of just half an hour at UK ports could potentially lead to one in ten UK firms going bankrupt in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and the National Farmers Union warned that crashing out of the EU without a deal would be ‘catastrophic,’ and could bring to a halt UK exports for six months.
Ian Blackford MP said:
“Before the Conservative conference has even begun, the Prime Minister is hopelessly firefighting rebellion and ridicule from within her own party’s ranks.
“This is a Tory government that is divided, dithering and in disarray. And its public incompetence and infighting poses a real threat to Scotland and the UK’s economy, jobs and livelihoods.
“Businesses have been lining up warning that the current trajectory of the UK government’s Brexit plans could lead to bankruptcy, and the agriculture sector has warned that exports could come to a halt. To top it all off, the UK government has had to appoint a minister to oversee food protection for the first time since the Second World War Two.
“The SNP Scottish Government has set out a compromise position to stay within the single market and customs union – overwhelmingly backed by businesses across diverse sectors. Rather than side-lining parliament and the devolved administrations, Theresa May must now engage with them before it’s too late.
“How many more industries, businesses and organisations need to set out the disastrous economic consequences of a hard Brexit before the Prime Minister and her Cabinet take heed, and bring to an end their shambolic Brexit plans?
“The clock is ticking, Theresa May must end her pathetic political posturing, and act before industry warnings transform into tangible economic catastrophe.”
Boris Johnson’s Daily Telegraph article:
Customs delays of 30 minutes will bankrupt one in 10 firms, say bosses:
No-deal Brexit 'would stop British farming exports for six months':

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