Argyll and Bute at a ‘competitive disadvantage’

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Argyll and Bute’s MP clashed with the prime minister Theresa May in a heated Brexit exchange.

Brendan O’Hara accused the prime minister of deliberately putting Argyll and Bute at a competitive disadvantage compared to its near neighbour, Northern Ireland.

The row blew up in the house of commons following the long-awaited statement on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr. O’Hara claimed the special deal proposed for Northern Ireland would cost jobs, hit businesses, deter investment and could, ultimately lower living standards in his constituency.

Mr O’Hara said: ‘The Prime Minister struggled to answer my question as to how this deal is good for my already economically fragile constituency.

‘Our neighbours in Northern Ireland, who will stay in an advantageous position with in a customs union, will be in a very strong position to attract jobs and investment at the expense of Scotland, particularly us here in Argyll and Bute just across the water.

‘We have ended up with the worst of all possible outcomes with England and Wales voting to leave and leaving, Northern Ireland voting to remain and retaining a foothold into the EU and Scotland who voted to remain being completely dragged out against its will.’

‘No one should fall for this false choice being desperately spun by this isolated Tory Prime Minister, that seeks to force us to choose between a ‘bad deal’ or a ‘no deal.’