SCOTLAND must get a special deal for accessing the EU’s single market after Brexit, Clydebank’s MSP has said.
Gil Paterson MSP has also backed the First Minister’s call against a “Westminster power grab” after Britain leaves the European Union.
On Tuesday, December 20 Nicola Sturgeon announced a raft of measures to “mitigate damage to Scotland” due to Brexit, including bespoke membership of the EU single market and further devolution of former EU powers.
The Clydebank and Milngavie MSP told how the “ball is well and truly in the UK Government’s court”, and emphasised the region’s pro-EU vote in June’s referendum.
Mr Paterson said: “New powers must come to Scotland in the event of Brexit – we must stop a Westminster power grab of our farming, fishing, environment, consumer protection and employment laws.
“For the sake of jobs in Milngavie, Bearsden and the whole of my constituency we must ensure Scotland remains in the single market. The Fraser of Allander Institute have estimated 80,000 jobs in Scotland alone depend on the membership of the common market.
“Scotland’s Place in Europe is the first Brexit plan to come since the vote in June – and it is a promise kept by our First Minister. My constituents voted emphatically to remain in the European Union, so I will do my best as their MSP to fight their corner and retain as many benefits as Scotland can from the EU.”
- View Scotland’s Place in Europe at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/9234