Friday July 24, 2020
Written by Luke Jackson, reporter from Midlothian View
Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituencies, asked Boris Johnson to apologize during his visit to Scotland.
The new analysis, published by Ms. Grahame from Warwick University experts, found that thanks to Brexit, Scotland is now worse off inland thanks to Brexit and has already lost £ 775.84 per capita.
Ms. Grahame continued:
“This new analysis makes it clear that any form of Brexit will do great harm to the Scottish economy. Thanks to Boris Johnson, the people of Midlothian have already made £ 775.84 worse.
“These Tory Brexiteers in Westminster want to pull Scotland out of the EU against our will. In the midst of a global pandemic, that's the last thing our economy needs.
"The people of Midlothian didn't vote for this Tory government, and they certainly didn't vote for Brexit – but Boris Johnson just doesn't care."
"As Westminster is determined to bring a wrecking ball to our economy, it is clearer than ever that the only way to protect Scotland's interests and our place in Europe is to become an independent country."
Conservative MSP Michelle Ballantyne, who is also the party's candidate for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale in Ms. Grahame's election to the Scottish Parliament in 2021, told Midlothian View:
“Ms. Grahame misuses a report that only addresses circumstances that ultimately did not materialize after the UK vote to leave the European Union in 2016.
"The fact that the vote was held across the UK has never been recognized by the nationalists, and Ms Grahame should remember that more people in Scotland voted for Brexit than for the SNP, so maybe she should start promoting democracy respect.
“While we continue to look at the implications of the Covid 19 pandemic and the challenge of getting our economy back on track in Midlothian, Ms. Grahame and her colleagues are again trying to create constitutional grievances to divert focus from the Scots The government's sad performance in terms of education, health, ferries, policing and social security relocation, to name but a few.
"Midlothian residents and businesses deserve better and need the SNP government, which focuses on protecting jobs, supporting key public services, and protecting our communities, rather than constantly trying to create division and hatred in our communities. "
You can read the report: HERE. Measuring the regional economic costs of Brexit: evidence up to 2019 (July 2020).
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