Tories and Pro-Brexit Labour Party ‘Making People Poorer’
The SNP has said “the Tories and pro-Brexit Labour Party are both guilty of making millions of people poorer” – amid growing warnings about the long-term damage being caused by Brexit and economic mismanagement under Westminster control.
With the Bank of England’s chief economist warning UK households just “need to accept” they are poorer, and the food industry warning Brexit will send UK food prices soaring even higher, Mhairi Black MP said “independence is the only way to escape the long-term damage being inflicted on Scotland under Westminster control”.
It comes amid reports businesses were told the UK government’s Brexit checks will add £400million to the cost of importing food, at a time when households are already paying through the nose with food inflation at a 45-year high. Food industry experts have warned the new rules would “substantially increase food costs” for consumers from January.
Commenting, SNP Westminster Depute Leader Mhairi Black MP said:
“The Tories and pro-Brexit Labour Party are both guilty of making millions of people poorer – as Brexit, austerity cuts and years of economic mismanagement hammer household budgets.
“No one should have to just accept that we’re all going to be worse off as a result of disastrous Westminster policies – but it’s increasingly clear that independence is the only way to escape the long-term damage being inflicted on Scotland under Westminster control.
“Whether it’s blue Tories or red Tories, there’s no change on offer from the Brexit-backing, cuts-imposing Westminster parties. At the next election, it will be essential to have a strong team of SNP MPs elected to stand up for Scotland and get rid of the Tories for good.”
Notes for editors:
‘Brexit red tape to send UK food prices soaring even higher’ – https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-business-fear-brexit-checks-food-price-inflation/
‘Food Industry Warns £400 Million Brexit Checks to Lift Inflation’ – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-04-26/food-industry-warns-400-million-brexit-checks-to-lift-inflation?leadSource=uverify%20wall
‘Britons ‘need to accept’ they’re poorer, says Bank of England economist’ – https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/apr/25/britons-need-to-accept-theyre-poorer-says-bank-of-england-economist