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BfS response to hard Brexit themed general election bid

Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a general election on June 8 is contradictory and smacks of political opportunism, according to Business for Scotland.

BfS CEO Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp said:

“Theresa May doesn’t have a mandate for the hard Brexit her government is pursuing, so she is now seemingly asking for one. This is the worst case scenario for Scotland and our economy, an emboldened London-centric majority Conservative Government will push through with a hard Brexit which will be deeply damaging to Scotland’s economy and bring more and deeper cuts to vital capital investment, costing jobs and slowing Scotland’s economic growth through its British isolationist policies.

“The Prime Minister has clearly taken a contradictory stance, claiming now is not the time for a second independence referendum as the full terms of Brexit are not yet clear, however she is now calling for a General Election on June 8 when we will know absolutely nothing.

“The Tory’s council election campaign is entirely based on an anti-Scottish independence referendum position, and they are now positioning the general election effectively as a second referendum to claim a mandate for hard Brexit.

“Once again, the Westminster government is showing political opportunism and not thinking about the economic impact.”

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Michelle Rodger

Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist who co-founded an award-winning IT business before launching Tartan Cat Communications. A social media and crowdfunding expert she manages media and communications for Business for Scotland.

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