SNP’s demands for Scotland to be paid billions in compensation from Brexit rejected – poll
Brexit: SNP calls on government to provide support to Scotland
The Scottish Government has warned new changes to customs and exports following Brexit could cost the UK up to £7billion each year, while Scotland’s Constitution Secretary Mike Russell has predicted the country’s GDP could plummet by as much as six percent over the next decade. The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has said Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party “must apologise to Scottish businesses and pay compensation to Scotland for the long-term damage they are doing to our economy – costing us billions in lost trade and growth”. He also described Brexit as “an unnecessary act of economic vandalism, which has been inflicted against Scotland’s will”.
But Express.co.uk readers have rejected the demands from the SNP for Scotland to be paid compensation from Brexit.
The latest poll, which ran from 11.30am until 9pm on Sunday January 10, asked: “Should Scotland receive compensation for Brexit?”
A huge 95 percent (14,835 readers) said Scotland should not receive any compensation to cope with the financial impact from Brexit.
The remaining five percent (696 readers) disagreed, while less than one percent (71 percent) were undecided.
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One Express.co.uk reader wrote: “Yet again Sturgeon and the SNP embarrass the people of Scotland. They are an absolute travesty.
“Please accept my apologies from the decent people of Scotland who so no support this.
“Words fail me how they are still power.”
Another reader said: “Sturgeon is in a panic. They cannot fund basic necessary services.
“Get rid of them Scotland! The SNP are destroying your lovely country.”
A third person commented: “I’m a Scot in Scotland and I say NO.
“We voted as a block in the EU referendum. The SNP never kicked up a stink before it, they agreed to it.
“Secondly the monies already given for Scotland, haven’t been passed on to the people.”
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The SNP’s Westminster leader Mr Blackford had raged: “It is completely unforgivable that Scotland is being forced to pay such a devastating high price for Boris Johnson’s extreme Tory Brexit deal, with mounting costs, red tape and disruption.
“The Tories must apologise to Scottish businesses and pay compensation to Scotland for the long-term damage they are doing to our economy – costing us billions in lost trade and growth.
“This disastrous Tory Brexit was a completely unnecessary act of economic vandalism, which has been inflicted against Scotland’s will.
“It is now beyond doubt that the only way to protect Scotland’s interests and our place in Europe is to become an independent country.
“With businesses, industries and communities across Scotland warning of rising costs, bureaucracy and delays, it is clear Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has already left the UK poorer and worse off – with absolutely no benefit to Scotland at all. Every promise has been broken.”
He added: “The UK Government must now provide an urgent multibillion (pound) package of compensation to Scotland to mitigate the lasting Brexit harm done to Scottish businesses, industries and communities,” he said.
“Scotland has been completely ignored by Westminster throughout the Brexit process.
“People in Scotland have the right to determine our own future, protect our interests, and regain the full benefits of EU membership as an independent country.”
Scotland voted 55-45 percent against independence during the referendum in 2014.
Two years later in the Brexit referendum, Scotland voted 62-38 to remain in the European Union, while the UK as a whole voted 52-48 to leave.
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