For immediate release: 31 January 2017

Attn: Local news desks

SALMOND: FORCING THE NORTH EAST OUT OF THE SINGLE MARKET IS "SELF-INFLICTED ECONOMIC MADNESS"

MP FOR GORDON CALLS ON NORTH EAST TO BACK THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT'S BREXIT PROPOSALS

MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond, has today called on the North East of Scotland to support the Scottish Government's Brexit proposal - Scotland's Place in Europe.

Published in December last year, the proposal sets out a considered and compromised approach to keep Scotland within the membership of the European single market. 

Mr Salmond's call for support follows a report published yesterday by think tank Centre for Cities, which showed that 61% of the North East's exports go to the European Union; further evidence that a Tory hard Brexit will be bad for jobs and household incomes in Scotland. The report also found that exports from Aberdeen are worth a total of £18,100 per worker.

Commenting ahead of the Commons debate on the triggering of Article 50, Mr Salmond said:

"It is clear, now more than ever, that North East, alongside the rest of the country is better off within the European single market.

"Our membership allows people in the North East and beyond to access goods and services from any other part of the single market, free from import taxes or other barriers.

"The UK Government's plan to drag Scotland out of this market against the wishes of the people will be devastating to the economy in the North East.

"Just at the time when oil prices have begun to move in the right direction, the UK Government has decided on this act of self-inflicted economic madness.

"The North East, and Scotland as a whole, must unite behind the Scottish Government's proposal to maintain our European connections and keep our membership of the largest single market place in the world."

ENDS

Notes:

Scotland's Place in Europe is available here:
http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00512073.pdf

Full Centre for Cities report is available here: 
http://www.centreforcities.org/press/eu-trade-deal-must-governments-top-priority-brexit-negotiations-new-report-shows-eu-biggest-export-market-61-britains-62-cities/