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Tackling Brexit Related Skills Shortages Top Priority for Business

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More than 70% of businesses are worried about skills shortages as a result of the disastrous Tory Brexit, a new study has found.

The study by Aviva found that firms thought tackling the lack of workers was a ‘top priority’ and that there was an urgent need to solve the problem.

It comes as concerns are being raised that due to a lack of HGV drivers and other workers in the food processing sector some goods may not be available for Christmas.

Commenting, SNP MSP Jim Fairlie said:

“The Tories are supposed to be the party of business, but once again they are all talk as they throw business well and truly under the Brexit bus.

“For years the Tories have created a hostile environment for European workers which have caused thousands to leave the country, leaving some businesses short and fearing they cannot turnaround their products in time for Christmas.

“Brexit has been devastating for businesses across Scotland and has put our food, hospitality and farming industries at risk due to the Tories and their disastrous Brexit.

“Businesses are recognising that sorting out the issues caused by leaving the EU must be sorted out as a matter of priority.

“This demonstrates once more how much of a disaster Brexit has been.

“The people of Scotland must be able to choose a different future towards an independent Scotland re-joining the European Union.”

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