“The politics of the past is no longer is acceptable to the electorate in Scotland” said Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan as he spoke in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament today.
Speaking during a parliamentary debate on the implications of leaving the EU, Mr McMillan highlighted the report of the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee – of which he is a member – which highlighted a number of key issues for Scotland’s economy as a result of Brexit.
The report, entitled ‘Determining Scotland’s Future Relationship with the European Union’, stated that a bespoke deal for Scotland, including its own immigration system, was paramount in sustaining economic performance in Scotland.
Speaking during the debate, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“The people of Scotland did not vote for Brexit, and only one of the nation’s 59 MPs has now backed the UK Government by voting for the triggering Article 50.
“I don’t want Scotland to be ignored any longer. If Scotland can be ignored on an issue of such magnitude and importance as our membership of the EU and the single market, then it’s clear our voice and our interests can be ignored at any time.”
“I don’t want Scotland to lose the estimated 80,000 jobs within a decade or cost people an average of £2000 in wages as indicated by the Fraser of Allander Institute.
“Our key recommendation calling for a bespoke solution for Scotland is not something I would think many people would wish to argue with. It has caused debate however but clearly not at UK level as they appear to have ignored the compromise suggestion by the Scottish Government in December.
“This isn’t a compromise suggestion to make Scotland different. It’s a compromise to help our economy and jobs.”