The view from Westminster by MP Brendan O’Hara

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Hard Brexit threatens Scottish jobs and living standards

The UK government’s own analysis suggests a hard Brexit could hit Scottish economic growth by nine per cent.

While Scottish government analysis has revealed the Scottish economy could be up to £12.7bn a year worse off by 2030 under a hard Brexit – a loss of £2,300 per year for each person in Scotland.

The impact for Argyll and Bute could be catastrophic. We didn’t vote for any of this.

We’re nearly two years on and still have no clear vision of what a post-Brexit UK will look like.

If the UK government drags Scotland out of the single market and customs union, it will destroy thousands of Scottish jobs, and damage the incomes, livelihoods and living standards of millions of people for decades to come.

With time running out for the UK to strike a deal with the EU, and the Tories and Labour are both at war with themselves, it is vital that common sense prevails before it is too late.

The UK government must listen to the overwhelming evidence.

Short of staying in the EU, as Scotland voted for, remaining in the single market and customs union is the least damaging option – and the only way to protect jobs and prosperity.

Scotland will not forgive or forget those parties that put their hard Brexit obsessions over the national interest.