Put the UK before party
Sir – I agree with Alister Jack MP that staying in the customs union is better than a no-deal Brexit – which is, of course, the complete opposite to what Theresa May has said for the last two years.
However, removal of freedom of movement will be disastrous for Scottish farmers, the Scottish NHS and Scottish hoteliers who rely so heavily on EU workers.
Virtually the only devolved tax in Scotland is income tax – if Scotland does not keep increasing its supply of workers then our tax take will fall which means further cuts to Scottish public services.
Theresa May’s deal would mean Northern Ireland effectively staying in the single market, which puts Scotland at a huge disadvantage.
How can “Scottish” Conservative MPs vote for a deal which not only makes Scotland poorer, but puts Scotland in a worse position than Northern Ireland? Is that standing up for your country?
Scotland’s voice has been ignored by the UK negotiating team throughout. It is hard to see how Scotland has not been treated with great contempt.
A disorderly Brexit would, of course, strengthen the case for independence. So it is to its great credit that the Scottish Government is leading the fight for the UK to stay as close as is possible to the EU.
Brexit will not help the poorest. Quite the opposite. As jobs are lost, incomes fall and a sinking pound puts up the cost of food imports, those already struggling will find it even harder.
It is time for the Conservatives to put the economic interests of the UK before its own internal party squabbles.