Brexit: Scottish 'prosperity' depends on UK trade says Miklinski
Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk that two-thirds of jobs in Scotland are linked to the United Kingdom and the European Union. He stated that Scotland has just got their freedom back from European bureaucracy and questioned the logic behind the SNP’s ambition to rejoin the trading bloc.
Mr Miklinski said: “The bottom line is that two-thirds of the jobs in Scotland depend on trade with the rest of the UK, not the rest of the world.
“So, there will be an impact on all of us if we do not get a decent deal.
“In Scotland unquestionably the jobs and prosperity very much depend on trade with the rest of the UK. The figures are undeniable.”
“This idea that we are going to re-join the EU once we get independence defies logic.
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“We have just won back our freedom, we have just won back all the rights to run our own Government.
“And we then join the EU and hand it all back to the European bureaucracy? It is crazy stuff.”
The Scottish Conservative Councillor also warned the SNP that an independent Scotland would not be accepted into the European Union without severe constraints imposed on the country.
Mr Miklinski hit out at the current state of Scotland’s economy as he highlighted the struggles Ms Sturgeon would face trying to join the EU.
He added that the United Kingdom is stronger together and Scotland’s economy greatly benefits from being supported by the Westminster Government.
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Mr Miklinski said: “The EU rules that they apply to everybody is a GDP deficit gap of no more than three percent.
“Scotland’s is currently seven percent it is just about the worst in the existing European countries.
“Therefore, the rules that they have, especially post-pandemic when all economies are struggling means I can see no scenario where they would welcome effectively a sick orphan, the Scottish economy, into their midst.
“If they did, they would impose strict and severe constraints on how the economy would have to be handled.
“That would mean closing the deficit gap and that can only be done through increased taxation, cutting spending or massive borrowing.”
He added: “By the way, the SNP talk about give us the powers and we can do this for ourselves for example the UK’s support from the pandemic, of course that is not true.
“There is no way that a Scottish economy which does not really exist in isolation because it is supported by Westminster, would be given rates anywhere as good as the UK Government can negotiate.
“Basically better together means it, we are better as a union with the strengths of the UK meshing with what we offer.”
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