Scotland: Brexit is damaging! It will cost 145 pounds per person!
The proposal, still to be voted on in the House of Commons, could cost the equivalent of £1,600 for each person in Scotland by 2030, compared to continued EU membership. That's £145 per year.
ut it is not even certain that a free trade deal will be agreed, meaning the cost could be higher.
The assessment shows that the deal:
- Removes Scotland from the European Single Market of 500 million people
- Leaves future trading arrangements uncertain for both goods and services
- Puts Scotland at a potential competitive disadvantage to Northern Ireland
- Ends free movement of people, which is vital for workers in sectors such as health and social care. Scotland’s working age population would decline by 3% without EU migration
- Appears to directly contradict the UK Government’s previous position on fisheries: that there should be no link between access to UK waters and access to EU markets
- Ends guaranteed high standards and protections that come with EU membership, including the environment, food safety, animal welfare, health and safety, equality and working conditions
- Provides no certainty about future participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. ■