Sturgeon publishes Scottish Government's Brexit Analysis paper
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, today published the Scottish Government's Brexit Analysis paper, and warned that SNP MPs would not vote for a deal which "will make us poorer".
The report claims that May's deal would leave Scots £1,600 a year worse off by 2030 compared to remaining within the European Union, while the Government expects inward investment to fall by 7.7 percent compared with projects where the UK stays within the Single Market and Customs Union, with GDP becoming around 6.1 percent lower than it otherwise would have been.
The report also warns of the impact that the transition deal has on Scotland's fishing industry, stating " the withdrawal agreement has placed Scotland’s farmed fish and shellfish sectors at the mercy of whatever is agreed in the Fisheries Agreement, effectively setting up one vital Scottish interest against another."
Sturgeon said this would be "unacceptable to the Scottish government and damaging to the people of Scotland", adding: "Quite simply this is a bad deal, which the UK government is seeking to impose on the people of Scotland regardless of the damage it will cause."
"It will not end uncertainty. It will extend it. We are being asked to accept a blindfold Brexit with all the difficult decisions kicked down the road."
The comments reiterate the SNP's opposition to May's Brexit deal, making it near mathematically impossible to pass through the House of Commons without Tory and DUP backbenchers accepting the Prime Minister's plans.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard added: “Labour will vote against Theresa May’s botched deal that is bad for Scotland, bad for the UK and bad for our communities."
“Having spent the last two years negotiating with her own Party rather than the EU, the Prime Minister has now lost authority. If, as seems likely, this deal is rejected by Parliament we need a general election to replace this rotten Tory Government."
“Labour has a sensible alternative plan for Brexit that could win the support of the Commons and the country, which would protect jobs and our industries, rights and standards. "
"We want a new comprehensive and permanent customs union, with a British say in future trade deals, and a strong single market relationship to support British businesses.”