Letter: Brexit will be a calamity

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Even the UK government now accepts that Brexit will be an unmitigated calamity, especially if we end up with no deal.

The department for exiting the EU forecasts the following: An eight per cent hit to our GDP, that hit is £158bn less in GDP per annum with 2.8 million fewer jobs as a result.

The 2008 financial crisis meant a two per cent hit to GDP and we’re not over that yet.

Why would anyone remotely consider something four times worse? Think of the effect on our public services, especially the NHS.

In the last few days, Jacob Rees Mogg has confirmed that there will be few, if any, short or medium term gains from Brexit. He thinks it may be 50 years before there are any.

Since when did politicians think it was acceptable to jeopardise a whole generation of people for some unsubstantiated gain 50 years hence?

This is irresponsibility on a grand scale but Mr Rees Mogg will be OK; he is moving his investment business to Ireland just to be safe. Hypocrisy doesn’t come close to describing this.

There are still people who support Brexit but their numbers are dwindling as a recent poll showed.

There is now a 54 per cent remain vote against a 46 per cent leave vote, if the polls are accurate.

Why it’s not more is baffling but one of the points we often hear are people saying they just want their sovereignty back.

The problem, though, is that precious little sovereignty was lost.

Since 1999 the UK has voted ‘No’ to exactly 56 laws, abstained 70 times and voted Yes to 2,466. That means two per cent of all EU laws are ones this country has opposed.

Even though Brexit hasn’t happened yet, there are dozens of very negative things that have already affected the UK economy.

As just one example, the European Medicines Agency is moving to Amsterdam with the direct loss of 900 very well paid jobs.

I’d like to see Brexit stopped for the whole of the UK, we need to consider how best to follow our own course in the world as an independent Scotland, away from the UK’s self-created chaos.

That option will be open to us soon.

Michael Breslin,

St Colmac’s.