BREXIT THREATENING LOCAL PUBS AND RESTAURANTS

5th September 2019

SURVEY SHOWS PUBLICANS’ BREXIT FEARS AS MP OFFERS SUPPORT

A recent study from the Scottish Licensed Trade Association has found that more than a quarter of pub owners in Scotland believe Brexit is having a negative impact on business.

The survey of 500 licensed premises across the country, including large chains as well as independent operators, found around 28% think the uncertainty around the UK’s departure from the EU has negatively impacted them.

This is a rise on the 17% of premises that highlighted concerns over Brexit in a December study ahead of the UK’s original departure date of March 29.

In response to the survey, Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has written to local publicans and restaurant owners to warn against the impact of Brexit on business and high streets and called for owners to come forward to share their views.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“Brexit is having a far reaching and detrimental impact on our economy and communities. The uncertainty of Brexit and arrogant actions of Boris Johnson and his far-right gang are catastrophic for businesses and high streets.

“Brexit is forcing people to think about what they are spending with many worried about their jobs. This is impacting the local economy – particularly the hospitality sector. Potential trade tariffs will also be concerning businesses.

“Pubs and restaurants are often at the heart of communities and their place in them must be protected. That’s why I’m voting against a no deal Brexit and ensuring Scotland’s access to the tariff-free single market remains.”