Saturday, January 16, 2021

Scottish nationalists demand billions in ‘Brexit compensation’ for Scotland

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The professional-independence Scottish Nationwide Social gathering (SNP) demanded on Sunday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson pay billions of kilos in compensation to Scotland for the mounting prices and disruption of Brexit.

Brexit has strained the bonds that tie collectively the UK: England and Wales voted to go away however London, Northern Eire and Scotland voted to remain.

The SNP, which needs independence for Scotland and is pushing for a second referendum, mentioned Scottish fishermen confronted grave disruption because of Brexit.

Johnson’s Conservatives “should apologise to Scottish companies and pay compensation to Scotland for the long-term injury they’re doing to our financial system – costing us billions in misplaced commerce and progress,” mentioned Ian Blackford, the SNP’s chief within the British parliament.

Blackford solid Brexit as “an pointless act of financial vandalism, which has been inflicted in opposition to Scotland’s will”.

“The UK authorities should now present an pressing multi-billion package deal of compensation to Scotland to mitigate the lasting Brexit hurt finished to Scottish companies, industries and communities,” he mentioned.

Many Scottish fishermen have halted exports to European Union markets after post-Brexit forms shattered the system that used to place recent langoustines and scallops in French retailers simply over a day after they had been harvested.

Fishermen throughout Britain have accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of betrayal after he beforehand vowed to take again management of British waters. With little new management and little entry to buyer markets, many are in despair.

Scots voted 55-45 p.c in opposition to independence in a 2014 referendum, however Brexit and the British authorities’s dealing with of the COVID-19 disaster have bolstered assist for secession, with most polls exhibiting a majority now favour breaking away.

Within the 2016 Brexit referendum, Scotland voted 62-38 to remain within the European Union whereas the UK as a complete voted 52-48 to go away. (Reporting by Man Faulconbridge; modifying by Michael Holden)

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