BORIS JOHNSON’S BREXIT HAS ALREADY COST SCOTLAND £3.9 BILLION
On the day the UK Prime Minister is visiting Scotland (Thursday 23 July) South Scotland SNP MSP Emma Harper has highlighted a report which found that people in Dumfries and Galloway have already been left £370 per head per year worse off as a result of Boris Johnson’s 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 EU Exit transition period in December 2020 could cut £3billion from the Scottish economy in just two years – on top of the impact of coronavirus.
Commenting, Ms Harper said:
“This new analysis makes clear that any form of Brexit will inflict major harm on Scotland’s economy – with people in Dumfries & Galloway having already been left worse off as a result of Boris Johnson’s Brexit.
“The Brexiteers in the UK Government want to drag Scotland out of the EU against our will. Given that the UK Government recently voted in the House of Commons against protecting our NHS and against protecting our farmers from a US trade deal which would see our standards of food safety and animals welfare lowered, In the middle of a global pandemic, Brexit is the last thing our economy needs.
“With Westminster’s intend to damage Scotland’s 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.”
Region and district-level Brexit-vote cost estimates: brexitcost.org/#nuts1
Measuring the Regional Economic Cost of Brexit: Evidence up to 2019 (July 2020):
|Rank by per-head loss||Local Authority||CAGE
|Total (£m)||Per Head|
|5||Perth and Kinross||Loser||38.91%||-11.51%||-£494.62||-£3,269.33|
|11||Na h-Eileanan Siar||Loser||44.76%||-5.74%||-£31.61||-£1,178.15|
|13||Argyll and Bute||Loser||39.43%||-4.92%||-£91.03||-£1,055.32|
|22||Dumfries and Galloway||Loser||46.94%||-1.97%||-£55.05||-£370.00|