“UTTER COMPLACENCY” AS TORIES MEET TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO NEXT ON BREXIT    

1st September 2016

WE NEED A CLEAR PLAN – NOT  “AWAY DAYS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE”

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has described last week’s UK Government Brexit Summit which has taken place over two months after the vote as “utter complacency”.

The summit at the prime minister’s country house Chequers, will be the first opportunity for her cabinet to get together to discuss the disastrous referendum in June. This is in sharp contrast to the Scottish Government’s activities since the referendum including discussions with senior EU officials.

It is held against a backdrop of deep uncertainty about what the Tories are planning – and now in-fighting between ministers about what Brexit will look like and what it will mean to families and businesses across the country.

Marion commented:

“It has been over two months since the Brexit result and it is only now that the UK Government are getting themselves into gear.

“It was the UK Government that created this mess, but from the morning after the result, it was clear that they had no plan.

“Their inaction has caused great uncertainty for the 300,000 jobs EU membership provides to Scotland and also for those EU nationals currently residing in the UK. In addition Scotland receives £16 billion as a result of our membership of the EU which will be lost if Scotland cannot retain its place in Europe.

“Brexit will no doubt discourage investment and spending in Scotland. However, the Scottish Government has implemented a £100million stimulus package to counteract this and to strengthen the economy.

“Whilst the First Minister has been meeting with senior Presidents of the European Union to secure Scotland’s place in the EU after a 62% vote to Remain, the UK Government has imploded over their leadership contest and are now having an away day in the countryside.

“It’s time they got their act together.”