Rona backs calls for Brexit devolution and single market access

POWERS coming back to the UK after Brexit must be devolved to Scotland, Strathkelvin and Bearsden’s MSP has said.

Rona Mackay has backed the First Minister’s call against a “Westminster power grab” after Britain leaves the European Union.

On Tuesday, December 20 Nicola Sturgeon announced a raft of measures to “mitigate damage to Scotland” due to Brexit, including bespoke membership of the EU single market and further devolution of former EU powers.

The SNP MSP told how the “ball is well and truly in the UK Government’s court”, and emphasised the region’s pro-EU vote in June’s referendum.

Ms Mackay added: “The ball is well and truly in the UK Government’s court after the First Minister launched the paper, Scotland’s Place in Europe at Bute House today.

“The people of Strathkelvin and Bearsden deserve these proposals to be listened to by the UK Government. Further devolution and access to the single market only serves to benefit communities from Twechar to Bearsden, and Bishopbriggs to Milton of Campsie.

“The proposals in Scotland’s Place in Europe deal with many of the complexities arising from the Brexit vote – but they also serve to benefit all parts of the UK and the EU. It is going to go far in reducing the negative impacts of a hard departure from Europe.”

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• View Scotland’s Place in Europe at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/9234

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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