Christina McKelvie appears before the Council of Europe.
New economic impact analysis by the Scottish Government has confirmed that the best way to protect the local economy and household incomes in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse is through Scotland remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union.
Failure by the Tory government to secure a Brexit deal would see Scotland take a £12.7 billion economic hit, equivalent to £2,300 per year for each person in throughout the South Lanarkshire constituency. The analysis also shows that a ‘Canada-type’ deal with the EU, with limited access to the Single Market, would still leave people £1,610 worse off per head.
Other key findings show that remaining in the Single Market could create new opportunities for the local economy throughout South Lanarkshire to flourish, and that continued freedom of movement is required to support economic growth. Figures show that EU citizens currently working in throughout Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse currently contribute an average of £10,400 in tax revenues.
Commenting, the SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie said:
“I am in no doubt that the best way to protect the economy and to protect jobs throughout my constituency is to ensure that Scotland remains within the European Single Market and Customs Union.
“This latest analysis by the Scottish Government shows just how important that is for people living in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse – who would be left £2,300 worse off in the result of a hard Brexit scenario that the Tories seem to be on course for.
“The Tories must be held to account for their intent on pursuing a damaging Brexit when the facts show just how harmful it will be for families living throughout my constituency.
“Labour’s position is becoming increasingly inexcusable. They must remove themselves from the fence and show that they are willing to stand up for Scotland’s interests by backing the SNP’s call to remain in the single market.
“People in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse voted decisively to remain in the European Union. We’re almost two years on from the vote and they UK government has failed to provide certainty for businesses and our public services which rely on free trade and free movement with the rest of the EU.
“The decisions taken over the coming months will be absolutely vital for jobs and the future of the local economy throughout my constituency. Failing to back Scotland’s continued place in Europe would have serious consequences and would be an absolute tragedy for future generations.”