Scotland is being hit by the full force of the Tories’ hard Brexit deal, the SNP has warned as industry leaders call for a ‘reset’ of the UK’s relationship with the EU.
It comes as trade body Make UK said almost half of UK manufacturers in a survey of more than 100 leading industrial companies said EU suppliers had grown more cautious about doing business in the UK.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU in 2016, and yet is feeling the full force of the Tories’ hard Brexit deal which Labour now fully supports.
Commenting, the SNP’s International Trade spokesperson, Richard Thomson MP said:
“Brexit is driving up costs, placing strain on supply chains, and forcing foreign investors to look elsewhere – all having a knock-on effect for consumers and businesses across Scotland who already have to cope with the Tory-made cost of living crisis.
“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and the huge European Single Market, which is seven times the size of the UK, but we are being hit by the full force of the Tories’ hard Brexit deal – a disastrous deal that is now fully supported by Labour.
“With both the pro-Brexit Labour and Tory parties committed to preventing our return to the EU or even the Single Market or Customs Union it has never been clearer that the only way to regain the benefits of EU membership is to become an independent country.”