Stirling will be one of the worst hit areas by Brexit with 12% of locals deemed to be in vulnerable communities, new analysis from the Scottish Government has found.
Published this week, ‘The Local Level Brexit Vulnerabilities in Scotland Report’ found that urban areas and rural and remote areas, especially those in Stirling, have significant populations at risk from the fallout of leaving the EU – with or without a trade deal.
The analysis considers local community’s access to services, working age population, income deprivation, workers in Brexit-sensitive industries, EU worker migration and how many EU payments are received.
A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), also published this week, found the UK is already £60 billion worse off as a result of Brexit before we have even left the EU - with the UK economy 2.5-3% smaller than it otherwise would have been.
SNP MEP and Stirling General Election Candidate Alyn Smith said:
“We always knew that Brexit would be damaging to Scotland but this new analysis really hits home the devastating impact that Brexit will have here in Stirling.
“Families across the Stirling area will feel the impact of Brexit, with up to 12% of the local population most vulnerable to the potential economic shock.
“The SNP in Brussels, Westminster and Holyrood will continue to do what it can to mitigate and minimise the impact on our most vulnerable communities, but this study lays bare the recklessness of the Tories in their blind determination to peruse Brexit at any cost.
“Scotland never voted for Brexit and certainly not for the reckless extreme version now pursued by the UK government. It’s essential that we stop Brexit and go back to the people.”