NEW REPORT: TORY BREXIT HAS LEFT EVERY PERSON IN MIDLOTHIAN £775.84 WORSE OFF, AND EVERY PERSON IN EAST LOTHIAN £273.54 WORSE OFF
BORIS JOHNSON’S BREXIT HAS ALREADY COST SCOTLAND £3.9 BILLION
SNP MSP Colin Beattie has called on Boris Johnson to apologise during his flying visit to Scotland, after a new report found that people in Midlothian have already been left £775.84 worse off per head, and people in East Lothian £273.54 worse off per head, as a result of Brexit.
The new analysis, published from experts at Warwick University, found that nationally Scotland is now £3.9 billion worse off thanks to Brexit and has already lost £736 per head of population.
Separately, Scottish Government analysis has revealed that ending the transition period in 2020 could cut £3billion from the Scottish economy in just two years - on top of the impact of coronavirus.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Colin Beattie said:
“This new analysis makes clear that any form of Brexit will inflict major harm on Scotland’s economy – with people in Midlothian having already been left £775.84 worse off per head, and people in East Lothian left £273.54 worse off per head, thanks to Boris Johnson.
“These Tory Brexiteers at Westminster want to drag Scotland out of the EU against our will. In the middle of a global pandemic that’s the last thing our economy needs.
“The people of Midlothian and East Lothian didn’t vote for this Tory government and they certainly didn’t vote for Brexit – but Boris Johnson simply doesn’t care.
"With Westminster hellbent on taking a wrecking ball to our economy, it's clearer than ever that the only way to protect Scotland's interests and our place in Europe is to become an independent country."