SNP says Brexit is to blame for fall in Scottish exports
A fall in Scotland’s exports shows the “catastrophic economic vandalism” of Brexit, according to the SNP.
Data published by HM Revenue and Customs shows that Scottish exports during quarter two of this year were 14% less than the same period last year.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland also saw a decline in exports – decreasing by 2.2%, 13% and 6.1% respectively. The overall value of UK trade in goods exports also decreased by 3.5% during the same time period.
Scotland’s imports have also fell by 3.9% in comparison to June 2020 - with England’s imports decreasing by 2.3%, and Wales’ imports by 10% - however, Northern Ireland’s rose by 3.8%.
The SNP has been quick to blame the decrease on Scotland leaving the Single Market and Customs Union.
Commenting, the SNP’s Shadow International Trade Secretary Drew Hendry MP said: “These are devastating figures which clearly show that the warnings about Brexit and the impact it would have on trade were justified – warnings that Boris Johnson and his band of Brexiteers continue to ignore at the expense of people and businesses across all sectors and all parts of Scotland.
“The SNP repeatedly warned the Tory government at Westminster that ploughing ahead with their reckless Brexit deal, in the middle of a pandemic, would have devastating consequences. We are now seeing them in black and white with these figures.
“Boris Johnson must now answer for the catastrophic economic vandalism that he has implemented on Scotland’s trade.
“Beyond the Tory bluff, bluster, and outright denial, Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster for Scotland – and we are paying the price for it against our will.
“There is an alternative to continuing down the long dark road set out by the Tories. The only way to keep Scotland safe from the long-term damage of Tory Brexit is to become an independent nation, with the full powers needed to secure a strong, equal, and fair recovery – and to regain the economic and trading benefits of EU membership.”