Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the UK will be bad for the Islands and for Scotland, say the local MP and MSP
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has reacted to the announcement that Boris Johnson is set to be appointed Prime Minister.
“I am profoundly concerned about the serious repercussions of a Boris Johnson Prime Ministership for the Western Isles and for Scotland.
“This is someone who thinks that ‘a £ spent in Croydon is far more valuable to the country than a £ spent in Strathclyde.’
“It does not take a huge leap of imagination to deduce what he imagines a £ spent in Castlebay or Stornoway is worth, if he has ever heard of either place.
“His dangerous and reckless threat of a no-deal Brexit would be devastating for island communities. We have as much as 24% of our workforce employed in sectors of the economy most exposed to no-deal and Brexit is already causing staffing issues in both island industries and the public sector.
“People reading the news today will think they have woken up in a bad episode of ‘Have I Got News for You’. Yet despite voting emphatically against Brexit and against the current Tory Government at Westminister, that is the reality Scotland now faces.
“All of this shows that Scotland must have the right to determine our own future, in line with the democratic wishes of everyone living here.”
Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP Angus B MacNeil says Independence will give Scotland the much-needed escape from a hard Brexit future
Mr MacNeil said: “I think we can all agree that this isn’t the best situation for the islands or for Scotland.
“Boris Johnson doesn't have much time to realise that a hard Brexit would be a bungling disaster. Reports of him being shocked that official briefings he has had warning of civil unrest from empty shops maybe show he is not impervious to logic and reason.
“To reiterate, a hard Brexit would cost 8% to GDP, that means hits on pay, public spending, jobs and the businesses in the economy. The 2008 crash was only a 2% event.
“If Boris chooses a hard Brexit, sensible heads know that the consequences for the UK and those of us stuck in the UK are chronic.
“Boris has been full of wheezes - it is not impossible he comes up with one to pull the wool over the eyes of the extreme wing of the Brexiteers.
“I believe that the people of Scotland’s future will be best served by an independent Scotland in Europe.
“The Tories and Labour have destroyed themselves on Brexit and clearly Scotland needs Independence to get out of the mess those parties have created.”