Mr Russell, the Scottish Constitutional Relations Secretary, comments come following confirmation that electricity trading arrangements with Europe will become less efficient, which could result in higher electricity prices if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement or transition period.
The UK Government’s latest batch of ‘Technical Notices’, published today, outline preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit and show:
“The reality of a disastrous ‘no deal’ Brexit looms large in this latest guidance from the UK Government.
“Potentially higher electricity prices, difficulties recruiting front line staff for the NHS and other key sectors and damaging disruption to exports will affect everyone in Scotland, but will hit our rural and coastal communities the hardest.
“Scotland did not vote for Brexit and so I call upon the UK Government to immediately change course to mitigate against the worst impacts.
“Staying in the EU would be best but, short of that, the only credible and workable option is to remain in the European Single Market and Customs Union, which is around eight times bigger than the UK market alone.”
Mike Russell MSP
Constitutional Relations Secretary