Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has welcomed figures that showed Scotland’s economy grew in the first quarter of 2017.
The 0.8 per cent growth exceeded the UK average. Production grew by 3.1 per cent while the services industry grew by 0.3 per cent.
Ms Haughey said: “We are seeing an improving picture across Scotland – the economy is growing, the number of people in employment is rising and unemployment is at historic lows.
“South Lanarkshire has lots to be confident about. The SNP Scottish Government’s £6 billion infrastructure plan, £500 million Scottish growth scheme and record investment in modern apprenticeships and education will continue to support the economy in and around Rutherglen.
“However Brexit, and being removed from the world’s largest single market, poses the biggest threat to this progress and Scotland’s economy.
“A blind crusade towards a hard Brexit cliff edge could cost our economy around £11bn a year by 2030 and result in 80,000 fewer jobs, and the fall in Sterling since the referendum is already pushing up prices and squeezing household incomes. This, accompanied by relentless Tory austerity, means we cannot be complacent.”