Brexit cost to South Lanarkshire

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has said that Sir Keir Starmer’s approach to Brexit has left voters across South Lanarkshire poorer.

It comes as the SNP obtained figures from the House of Commons library which show the huge losses Scotland has felt on EU imports and exports since Brexit, as well as the decimation of direct EU funding.

The analysis reveals that, since leaving the EU, exports from the South Lanarkshire to the European Union are down by £108 million, while imports are down by £38 million.

Ms Crawley has said that with Keir Starmer’s pro-Brexit Labour party offering voters no route back into the European Union, only independence can deliver Scotland’s return.

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said:

“People in my constituency and across Scotland can feel the calamitous impact of Brexit, whether through the loss of trade opportunities or the loss of funding coming in from the EU.

“Yet both the Tories and the pro-Brexit Labour party have decided to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the writing on the wall – that Brexit has been a failure and that Scotland is poorer for leaving the EU’s single market.

“Whilst the cost-of-living crisis continues to ravage on, and the two Westminster parties squabble over sticking plasters to fix the economic chaos, the SNP are the only party focused on supporting communities across Scotland and lifting people out of poverty.

“At the next general election, voting SNP will mean rejecting the failures of Brexit, tackling the cost-of-living crisis and rejoining the world’s largest single market with EU membership.”