Douglas Ross and the Scottish Tories have been challenged to come out of hiding and apologise for being complicit in the catastrophe of Brexit, as the devastating impact on the economy, businesses and households pile up.
This week, the former Bank of England policymaker delivered a blistering rebuke stating that: “The UK economy as a whole has been permanently damaged by Brexit…If we hadn’t had Brexit we probably wouldn’t be talking about an austerity budget this week.”
The Scottish Tory leader previously claimed that the UK-Australia trade deal would bring “significant opportunities.”
However, former DEFRA Secretary George Eustice called out the UK-Australia post-Brexit trade deal commenting that it “is not actually a very good deal for the UK.”
He added that the “UK gave away far too much for far too little in return.”
Commenting, the SNP’s Shadow Scotland spokesperson Mhairi Black MP said:
“While the economy, businesses and households pay a heavy price for the Tories’ extreme Brexit obsession, Douglas Ross and his Scottish Tory colleagues are nowhere to be seen or heard.
“Their shameful silence is deafening and people won’t be quick to forget their role as the handmaidens of Brexit – falling in line time and time again behind their Westminster bosses rather than standing up for Scotland’s interests.
“With warnings that the UK economy has been permanently damaged by Brexit, post-Brexit trade deals leading to a race to the bottom and austerity budget looming, Douglas Ross must come out of hiding and apologise for being complicit in the catastrophe of Brexit.
“With both Labour and the Tories committed to the damage and delusion of Brexit, the only route to escape its long-term harm and rejoin the largest single market in the world – a market seven times greater than the UK – is to become an independent country.”