SNP urged to drop indyref2 threat as figures confirm Scotlands trade with

first_imgRe export figures, it is bogus to say Indy Scotland would not trade with rUK – and runs completely counter to arguments UKG making elsewhere— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) January 25, 2017 Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to abandon her repeated threats of a new independence referendum after official figures confirmed Scottish exports to the UK were worth four times as much as sales to the European Union.Statistics published by the Scottish Government showed sales to other parts of Britain were worth almost £50 billion in 2015, while exports to the EU were worth £12.3 billion. In both cases, exports grew by 4.4 per cent that year.David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, said the figures, which do not include offshore oil and gas, showed that “the UK union is the vital union for Scotland”.Mr Mundell said export statistics showed “businesses in Scotland sold £37.5 billion more in goods and services to their own market in the UK than they did to all 27 EU countries put together”.He added that the export figures highlighted the importance of preventing any new barriers to doing business across the UK as Britain leaves Europe. David Mundell David Mundell with Nicola SturgeonCredit:Getty “Scottish Labour will not support any SNP plans for another referendum and if Nicola Sturgeon wants to stand up for Scotland’s economy she will take that threat off the table.”The Liberal Democrat MP and former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael said the statistics showed the critical importance of keeping Scotland in both the UK and the EU, and said anything else would cause “real harm”.center_img “We know the Scottish Government’s constant talk of a second independence referendum is creating damaging uncertainty for the Scottish economy,” said the minister.”I again call on the First Minister to end that uncertainty by taking her threat of another referendum off the table and working with us to get the best deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK.”Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, said that while the Tory plans for a hard Brexit risked damaging Scotland’s economy”, the SNP’s own figures showed that independence would be “considerably worse”.She added: “These figures confirm that the UK single market is four times more important to Scottish jobs and the economy than the EU single market.”It is simply a reckless nationalist gamble to put access to the UK single market, and all the jobs that depend on it, at risk. That’s why the SNP must drop plans for a second independence referendum. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Nicola Sturgeon took to Twitter to claim it was “bogus” to say that an independent Scotland would not trade with the rest of the UK and that argument ran “completely counter to arguments UKG making elsewhere”.She has repeatedly warned that Theresa May’s plan to remove Britain from the single market “undoubtedly” makes a second independence referendum more likely. The First Minister said on Tuesday, after the Supreme Court ruling, that the need for a new vote on separation was becoming “ever clearer”.In the wake of the Brexit vote, the Scottish Government has published a paper suggesting it could stay in the single market, even if the rest of the UK leaves.Overall, Scottish international exports, excluding oil and gas, increased by £1 billion in 2015, to be worth £28.7 billion.Keith Brown, Scotland’s economy minister, said that rise was “hugely encouraging”, adding: “It is clear that since the vote to leave the European Union, we must continue to be seen to be a country that is outward facing and open for business.”The EU market is eight times the size of UK market, which highlights the importance of remaining in the single market. I want to be clear that Scotland should not face a choice between exporting to the EU or UK. We can do both.”last_img

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