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New report hammers Brexit's impact on labour market

Independence essential for economic prosperity

The SNP has said independence is the only way to secure economic prosperity for Scotland - following a damning new report from the Work and Pensions committee which highlighted the damage Brexit is having on the UK's labour market.

The report, published today, stated that the UK's labour market is facing high rates of economic inactivity, "driven up as a result of the pandemic and the ending of freedom of movement".

In addition, in line with the latest ONS figures, the report also highlighted that the human health and social care sector is experiencing the highest number of vacancies, which has "been further compounded by the end of freedom of movement".

Commenting, the SNP's Social Justice spokesperson, David Linden MP said:

"This latest report from the Work and Pensions committee underlines the impact Westminster's Brexit obsession is having on the UK's labour market, and our NHS.

"And yet, despite the mounting evidence, both the Tories and pro-Brexit Labour remain committed to this destructive decision.

"Scotland did not vote for Brexit. We chose to remain part of the European Union and world's largest single market - but were dragged out against our will.

"However, for as long as both Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer deny the people of Scotland their democratic right to choose, the stronger our case will become.

"At the next election, voters can be in no doubt that only the SNP are offering a real alternative through independence - which offers a return to the European Union and deliver economic prosperity for Scotland."


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