Put the UK be­fore party

The Galloway News - - [email protected] VIEW - John Schofield D&G English Scots for Yes

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.

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