22 October 2019

New analysis from the GMB Union shows that Boris Johnson's Brexit deal could put up to 329,400 jobs in Scotland at risk.

The GMB point to the fact that there are 183,000 manufacturing jobs in Scotland and 329,400 jobs supported by manufacturing in the wider Scottish economy.

This creates around £9.6bn in manufacturing earnings.

The GMB argue that manufacturing industries across Scotland and across the UK rely on our membership of the European customs union which ensures frictionless trade and zero tariffs with the EU.

Sectors of the economy most vulnerable from being outside a customs union are food and drink manufacturing, chemicals, automotive, aerospace, retail, transport and logistics.

Commenting on the research, Shadow Scottish Secretary, Lesley Laird said:

"Believe it or not, the deal the Prime Minister has negotiated with the EU is even worse than Theresa May's deal.

"It would lead to a decade of deregulation and a trade deal with Donald Trump that would sell off our NHS and put our manufacturing industries seriously at risk.

"Scottish Tory MPs used to say that they wouldn't support a deal that treats Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the UK, but now they support a deal which does exactly that.

They also told us that they would never support no deal, and as we know Jackson Carlaw has reneged on that.

"For the past 2 years Labour has been calling for the government to negotiate a Brexit deal centred around a customs union in order to protect jobs and the economy.

This research proves how right we were to do that but we were roundly ignored by the Tories.

"Labour is clear that we must give the people the final say and they must be given the option to remain."
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