24 October 2017

North-East Tory MPs Urged To Support Region After New Brexit Figures

North-East Tory MPs have been criticised of “pandering to Westminster” after new figures revealed the huge losses in funding faced by local authorities from Brexit.

It comes after a damning report by the London School of Economics showed the risks of Scotland crashing out of the EU without a deal.

Now Conservative MPs have been urged to do more to support the region which has already been hit by the oil and gas downturn in recent years.

Both Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin and Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson have called for assurances from the recently elected politicians they will support the North-East.

Aberdeenshire would lose 3% in value of its goods and services under a soft Brexit scenario (equivalent to £1.9billion) or 4.5% (£1.6billion) with a hard Brexit no-deal.

Meanwhile Aberdeen would be the worst hit region, losing 4.5% in value of its goods and services under a soft Brexit scenario (equivalent to £2.4billion) or 7% (£3.8billion) with a hard Brexit no-deal.

And the report concludes that over a five-year period Scotland will lose out on more than £17billion with a soft Brexit situation, but by a devastating £29.4 billion if no provisions are made to halt a hard Brexit outcome.

Both MSPs are also calling on the UK Government to publish its own analysis into the impact of Brexit on Scotland.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said:

“There has never been any doubt the costs of Brexit are going to be very, very high for Scotland and the North-East in particular.

“Tory MPs like Ross Thomson and Colin Clark have repeatedly said how beneficial Brexit will be for our local economy. Both of these MPs are always claiming the North-East is underfunded. It’s time for them to stand up and explain to their constituents how they will protect funding losses as a result of Brexit.”

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The Tories are playing fast and loose with our economy and we are heading for the EU exit door with no deal secured on the single market.

“Maintaining Scotland’s single market membership is absolutely vital for the country as whole and the North-East in particular.

“There is no alternative to what the single market can offer in terms of protecting jobs, living standards and local businesses.

“It is time our Tory MPs stand up for the North-East and stop pandering to Westminster.”

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