The SNP has warned that Scotland will not accept a Tory-Labour backroom Brexit stitch-up, following new analysis which reveals the cost of a possible customs union deal. It suggests that if the Tories and Labour negotiate such a deal, it could cost Scotland in the region of £5.9 billion by 2029 and result in the loss of an estimated 47,000 jobs.
The findings published by Business for Scotland (BFS) have added to the mounting evidence that any form of Brexit will be detrimental to Scotland’s economy, small and large businesses and people’s living standards.
The SNP has consistently said that any negotiated deal or Brexit outcome must be brought back to the public in a second EU referendum - with the option to remain on the ballot paper.
Commenting, Stephen Gethins MP said:
“This latest analysis provides yet more damning evidence that there is no such thing as a good Brexit and that we must bring this Brexit chaos to a long overdue end.
"Scotland will not accept a Tory-Labour stitch up on Brexit and any backroom deal cooked up at Westminster must be put to the people in a fresh referendum with remain on the ballot paper.
“Scotland’s voice has been side-lined throughout the whole Brexit process and it is clear that the broken Westminster system is incapable - and unwilling - to stand up for Scotland’s economic and social interests.
“In the upcoming European elections we have an opportunity to send a clear message to Westminster that Scotland’s place is in Europe, and a vote for the SNP is a vote to stop Brexit and the lasting damage it would cause.”