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May arrives in Scotland to promote draft Brexit deal

The PM has visited the Scottish Leather Group to argue the proposal is a 'good deal' for businesses.

Scotland visit: Theresa May spoke to factory workers in Bridge of Weir.
Scotland visit: Theresa May spoke to factory workers in Bridge of Weir. STV

Theresa May has arrived in Scotland in a bid to promote the draft Brexit agreement across the UK.

The Prime Minister, who argues the proposal is a "good deal" for businesses both north and south of the border, visited the Scottish Leather Group in Bridge of Weir on Wednesday afternoon.

May is due to talk at the factory about how she believes the deal - which will be voted on by MPs in the House of Commons next month - will provide certainty for employers.

She will say: "It is a deal that is good for Scottish employers and which will protect jobs.

"It includes a new free trade area with no tariffs, fees, quantitative restrictions or rules of origin checks - an unprecedented economic relationship that no other major economy has.

Scottish Leather Group: PM visited factory.
Scottish Leather Group: PM visited factory. STV

"At the same time, we will be free to strike our own trade deals around the world - providing even greater opportunity to Scottish exporters.

"Crucially, the deal also ensures that we will leave EU programmes that do not work in our interests.

"So we will be out of the common agricultural policy, which has failed our farmers, and out of the common fisheries policy (CFP), which has so tragically failed Scotland's coastal communities.

"At long last, we will be 'an independent coastal state' again - taking back full sovereign control over our waters, and free to decide for ourselves who we allow to fish in our waters."

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May, who is touring the UK in an attempt to sell the deal direct to voters, will argue the ability for the UK to strike its own trade deals with non-EU countries for the first time in decades could benefit "iconic" Scottish industries such as salmon and Scotch whisky.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the draft deal, still to be voted on in the House of Commons, could cost the equivalent of £1600 for each person in Scotland, compared to continued EU membership.

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1433231-sturgeon-brexit-deal-could-cost-scots-1600-each/ | default

But she claimed it is not certain that a free trade deal will be agreed, meaning the cost could be higher.

During a speech at Bute House on Tuesday, Ms Sturgeon said: "The analysis shows why the deal agreed by the Prime Minister is unacceptable to the Scottish Government and damaging to the people of Scotland.

"No government of Scotland with the interests of this and future generations at heart could possibly accept it.

"This deal will take Scotland out of the EU against our will and remove us from the European Single Market of 500 million people, which is eight times larger than the UK market.

"It will take us out of the Customs Union and the benefits of EU trade deals with more than 40 countries across the globe. In short, it will make us poorer."

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