Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal would leave people in Falkirk district the equivalent of £1,600 per person worse off by 2030, analysis by the Scottish Government has found.
The 27-page assessment, which was published this week, showed Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP) would fall by about £9billion over the next decade compared to economic projections if the country stayed in the EU.
With a general election taking place on December 12, Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson is urging voters to use this opportunity to show their opposition to the Prime Minister’s economically damaging Brexit plans.
Mr Matheson said: “This upcoming election will be one of the most important in living memory as it gives us a chance to escape the chaos of Brexit. The vast majority of people in Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit but the Tories are hell-bent on dragging us out of the European Union against our will – and at any cost.
“This new analysis once again reaffirms that any form of Brexit will inflict major harm on Scotland’s economy, with the long-term impact of Boris Johnson’s deal on our GDP costing every person in Scotland £1,600 by 2030.
“The Prime Minister’s deal will not only see Scotland lose the advantages of being part of the European single market and customs union but will place us at a competitive disadvantage in relation to Northern Ireland, which will enjoy special access to the single market.
“Boris Johnson is putting people’s livelihoods and thousands of jobs at risk with his deal and voters need to send him a clear message that we won’t stand for it, which is why it’s crucial that constituents in Falkirk district ensure that they are registered to vote.
“A vote for the SNP on December 12 is a vote to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands and protect our right to choose a better future.”
Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote.
The full analysis of the impact of Johnson’s deal is available at www.gov.scot/publications/scotlands-place-europe-assessment-revised-withdrawal-agreement-political-declaration/