Brexit won’t solve eco­nomic is­sues

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

SIR, – Ger­many makes bet­ter cars than us so they sell three times as many to China than we do.

Cur­rently 30% of our fish­er­men, 70% of fish pro­ces­sors and 20% of work­ers in 18 in­dus­tries are all im­mi­grants – not all un­skilled. This won’t change af­ter Brexit – we’ll just have to find more from out­side the EU.

Brexit is a dis­trac­tion from Bri­tain and Scot­land’s real problems. Hous­ing is too scarce and ex­pen­sive so peo­ple can’t re­lo­cate, too many just don’t want to do the work, many com­pa­nies would go bust if they couldn’t pay low wages, our ben­e­fits sys­tem en­ables em­ploy­ers to pay low wages, and par­ents and our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem do not pro­duce enough young peo­ple who want to be chal­lenged to learn real skills.

Un­til we sort that out, no trad­ing sys­tem in the world will equip Bri­tain for the next 50 years.

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