Local MSP Maree Todd, SNP, wants Labour and Conservative MSPs who represent the Highlands and Islands to join her in supporting Scotland continuing to be a member of the EU single market.
Maree Todd said:
“The best way to protect the economy and jobs in Orkney is to ensure that Scotland remains within the European Single Market and Customs Union.
“This latest analysis by the Scottish Government shows just how important that is for people living in Orkney – who would be left £2,300 worse off in the result of a hard Brexit scenario that the Tories seem to be on course for.
“I’ve written to Tory and Labour MSPs in this region, including Jamie Halcro Johnston, asking them why their party is intent on pursuing a damaging, Brexit when the facts show just how harmful it will be for families living in Orkney.
“Labour’s position is becoming increasingly inexcusable. They need to come off the fence – and show that they are willing to stand up for jobs in Orkney by backing our calls to remain in the single market.
“People in Orkney voted decisively to remain in the European Union. We’re almost two years on from the vote and they UK government has failed to provide certainty for businesses and our public services which rely on free trade and free movement with the rest of the EU.
“The decisions taken over the coming months will be absolutely vital for jobs and the future of the local economy in the islands. Failing to back Scotland’s continued place in Europe would have serious consequences and would be an absolute tragedy for future generations.”
The UK is set to leave the EU on 29th March 2019