By Oisin Sweeney • 10 January 2021 • 7:08
The SNP claim Brexit has caused major problems for fishermen - Image Source: Scottish National Party
THE SCOTTISH National Party has demanded that billions of pounds is paid by the government in compensation to Scotland due to the spiraling costs of Brexit which it did not vote for.
The SNP say that the central UK government in London must pay billions of pounds to Scotland to compensate the country’s work sectors that have been disrupted by Brexit. In 2016, only 32% of Scots voted to Leave the EU, and following Britain’s exit from the bloc talks of Scottish independence have been rekindled.
The Conservative Party “must apologise to Scottish businesses and pay compensation to Scotland for the long-term damage they are doing to our economy – costing us billions in lost trade and growth,” said Ian Blackford, the SNP’s leader in Westminster.
Scottish fishermen have complained that their exports to Europe have been badly disrupted, whereas in the past shellfish caught on the country’s shores could appear in French shops the following day under the EU system.
Blackford said Brexit was “an unnecessary act of economic vandalism, which has been inflicted against Scotland’s will”.
“The UK government must now provide an urgent multi-billion package of compensation to Scotland to mitigate the lasting Brexit harm is done to Scottish businesses, industries and communities,” he said.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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