As you head to the polls this morning, please think about the impact Boris Johnson’s Brexit will have on you and your family. In Livingston, the facts are clear:
People in Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU but we are being ignored by a UK Government that wants to take Scotland out of the European Single Market, which is eight times the size of the UK.
The plans for a hard Tory Brexit have already immersed the UK economy in uncertainty, but let’s be clear; all forms of Brexit will harm Scotland’s economy, affect jobs and result in lower household incomes.
A no Deal Brexit will cost each household in Livingston £1,600 – pushing struggling families to the brink, and already poor families into destitution
Businesses in Livingston will face barriers to trade, damaging jobs, investment, productivity and earnings
Poorer families in Livingston will be hit harder – the ‘poverty premium’ means that what middle-income families might consider to be small economic shocks (a rise in the cost of bread or milk) have a much bigger impact on those with comparatively small incomes, who have less savings and disposable income.
4,500 – 5,000 jobs are sustained locally by exports to the EU. Due to its relatively strong manufacturing base, the proportion of West Lothian’s international trade with its EU partners is estimated to be higher than the Scottish level, so the local impact is likely to be worse
15-19% of the workforce in West Lothian work in sectors that are most exposed to a No Deal Brexit
We are being dragged out of the European Union against our will, and Livingston faces long-lasting damage because of this. The only way to properly protect Scotland’s interests – and its people – is by becoming an equal and independent EU country.