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Scottish Government report to reveal Brexit 'damage'

Figures to be made public on Tuesday show impact Brexit will have on living standards.

Brexit: 'A damaging deal for people in Scotland' (file pic).
Brexit: 'A damaging deal for people in Scotland' (file pic). PA

Analysis showing the damage Theresa May's Brexit deal will cause to Scotland is to be published today.

The Scottish Government report will focus on the economy, trade, NHS, population and access to EU funding programmes.

Ministers said the figures will show just how much of an impact Brexit will have on the economy and individual living standards.

Constitutional relations secretary Mike Russell said: "This is a damaging deal for people in Scotland.

"By removing us from the EU and Single Market, which is eight times the size of the UK alone, this deal will hit the economy and living standards.

"Ending freedom of movement will make it harder to attract the staff we need for the NHS.

"Analysis of the deal demonstrates that this is a blindfold Brexit with major issues left unresolved.

"This means that far from providing certainty and bringing Brexit negotiations to an end, this deal will mean more years of negotiations and real economic uncertainty with no guarantee that an eventual trade deal can even be agreed."

Mr Russell said the Scottish Government will continue to work with other parties to achieve a "better deal", keeping Scotland and the UK inside the Single Market and Customs Union while also supporting a second referendum on EU membership.

At a historic summit in Brussels on Sunday, the leaders of the remaining 27 member states took less than 40 minutes to approve the deal.

But they made it clear the agreement was not up for renegotiation.

The analysis is published ahead of a vote on December 11 by MPs on Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement.

The Prime Minister now has a fortnight to avert what threatens to be a humiliating defeat in the Commons.

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