MP backs plan to stay in European Single Market

MP backs FM's plans for a single market
MP backs FM's plans for a single market

East Renfrewshire MP, Kirsten Oswald, has backed the Scottish Government’s proposals to keep Scotland in the European Single Market.

The paper – “Scotland’s Place in Europe” – was published yesterday and outlined the SNP’s determination for Scotland to remain in the European single market and prevent what they argue would be a “national disaster” if there is a hard Brexit.

The paper also outlined substantial new powers that should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament as a result of Brexit.

Kirsten Oswald said: “People in Scotland voted to remain in the EU by an overwhelming 24-point margin – and people in East Renfrewshire voted overwhelmingly to remain, 74 per cent wish to remain in the EU.

“While we believe full EU membership is the best position for Scotland, the SNP have set out compromise proposals which would protect Scotland’s interests and mitigate the damage Brexit will cause.

“At the heart of our plan is keeping Scotland in the European Single Market. That is vital for jobs, investment and long-term prosperity, which are all seriously threatened by the hard Brexit now championed by the right-wing of the Tory party.

“Some estimates show that after 10 years, a hard Brexit could mean 80,000 job losses and an average cut in wages of £2,000 a year.

“It makes no sense for the UK to leave the Single Market and we’ve outlined how this could be achieved. But if that happens we’ve also set out how Scotland could remain in the single market if the rest of the UK leaves.

“In line with promises made by the Leave campaign and the UK government since, our proposals include the transfer of substantial powers to the Scottish Parliament.”