New economic impact analysis by the Scottish Government has confirmed that the best way to protect the local economy and household incomes in Cunninghame South is through Scotland remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union.

Failure by the Tory government to secure a Brexit deal would see Scotland take a £12.7 billion economic hit, equivalent to £2,300 per year for each person in Cunninghame South. The analysis also shows that a ‘Canada-type’ deal with the EU, with limited access to the Single Market, would still leave people in £1,610 worse off per head.

Other key findings show that remaining in the Single Market could create new opportunities for the local economy in Cunninghame South to flourish, and that continued freedom of movement is required to support economic growth in areas such as tourism. Figures show that EU citizens currently working in Cunninghame South currently contribute an average of £10,400 in tax revenues.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, said:

“The best way to protect the economy and jobs in Cunninghame South 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 Cunninghame South – 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.

The Tories need to explain why their party is intent on pursuing a damaging, Brexit when the facts show just how harmful it will be for families living in Cunninghame South.

Labour’s position,  meanwhile, is becoming increasingly inexcusable. Labour party politicians in Scotland need to get off the fence – and show that they are willing to stand up for jobs in Cunninghame South by backing our calls to remain in the single market.

People in Cunninghame South 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 Cunninghame South. Failing to back Scotland’s continued place in Europe would have serious consequences and would be an absolute tragedy for future generations.”

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