Over the next decade, the Brexit deal by BORIS Johnson could cost Scotland about £ 9 billion and hit jobs and the economy “at the worst possible time,” cautioned the Scottish government.
In key sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture and food and drink, Constitution Secretary Michael Russell said the extra cost could render Scottish businesses uncompetitive.
It is predicted that the 27 EU Member States will officially accept the post-Brexit trade agreement within days of the agreement being announced on Christmas Eve – four and a half years after the referendum in 2016.
Member State Ambassadors were briefed by Michel Barnier, who led the Brussels negotiating team in negotiations with the United Kingdom, on the substance of the agreement on Christmas Day.
On Dec. 30, MEPs will be called back to Westminster to vote on the deal, although it is not expected to be accepted until the new year, which means that it will have to be implemented on a provisional basis until it is given a green light.
1,246 pages of detailed legal text cover the draft agreement and associated Brexit arrangements.
SNP ministers said that Scotland will be excluded from a market that implies exports worth £ 16 billion to Scottish firms and is seven times the size of the UK. As well as from the customs union in terms of population.
They said that the additional expense of exporting lamb and beef to the EU will be hit hard by exports of lamb and beef.
Companies seeking to enter U.K. markets And the EU, they said, will face unnecessary red tape and costs. For example, the seafood sector would need new certificates and improvements to business practices in order to continue its exports to the EU.
In other areas, the Scottish government said that justice and security cooperation will be “seriously affected” because the Scottish police and the Crown Office will have to use slower and less efficient ways to combat crime.
Reduced EU migration would have a major negative effect, she said, as bottlenecks increase in key areas such as health and social care.
And she insisted that when the UK government limits access to UK waters, the Scottish fishing industry would see “only a fraction” of the promised additional quota and negotiated compensation arrangements.
Also, Scottish learners will no longer be eligible to take part in Erasmus.
The Scottish government said its modelling estimates that ‘an agreement of the sort that appears to have been negotiated’ will reduce Scottish GDP by approximately 6.1 percent by 2030 relative to EU membership – £ 9 billion in cash terms from 2016.
“Mr. Russell said, “Fortunately, a no-deal result was avoided, but in the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis, in less than a week, Scotland is now forced to cope with a tough Brexit.
“Leaving the European single market and customs union would be damaging at any time, but in the midst of the current crisis it is unforgivable and completely unnecessary,” he said.
We are doing what we can to minimize the repercussions of the actions of the UK government.
Steps are being taken to safeguard trade and vital supply chains, reduce the risk of disruption to the flow of goods and people at borders, and provide Scottish companies with the necessary advice and information they need to continue to function effectively after 31 December.
We also collaborate with the UK authorities to ensure that patients access the drugs and medical equipment they need, and we are assured that the vaccine flow will be safeguarded.
The Scottish Government has sought to work constructively with the UK government during the Brexit process to prepare, and we will continue to work, as we always have, for the interests of Scottish companies and the Scottish people wherever possible, but any negative outcome can simply not be averted.
The people of Scotland have overwhelmingly voted to stay in the EU and have the right not to face the long-term harm of a hard Brexit, but to decide their own future.
Scotland is at the core of a European nation and shares its ideals. Our demands for a weii were rejected by the UK government.