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‘No advantages’ to leaving European Union in wake of Brexit says SNP’s Angus Robertson

There have been “no advantages” to leaving the European Union, the SNP’s Angus Robertson has claimed.

Robertson, who is Scotland’s constitution secretary, made the claim on the second anniversary of the end of the Brexit transition period.

Recent studies by the London School of Economics found food bills are £210 higher per household per year as a result of tariffs imposed by leaving the bloc.

A further study by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicted long-term productivity to be 4% lower as a result of Brexit.

It comes as the Edinburgh Central MSP said the Scottish Government are committed to another referendum of independence for Scotland.

Further prospectus papers are expected to be published in the new year.

Earlier this year, the UK Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish Parliament could not legislate for an independence referendum and the powers would need to come from Westminster.

Robertson said: “The damages caused by Brexit just continue to mount. In the two years since the end of the transition period, we have seen no advantages to leaving the European Union.”

He added the UK economy was “fundamentally on the wrong path”, with “no real alternative on offer”.

“The Scottish Government is committed to giving the people of Scotland a choice about the future they want – a greener, wealthier and fairer economy within the European Union, or a sluggish, stagnating economy outside of the European Union.

“We will continue to publish the Building a New Scotland series of prospectus papers to ensure people can make that informed choice.

He added: “Businesses are suffering from lower exports to the EU, labour shortages and recruitment challenges.

“These issues are also affecting our NHS, with new research by the Nuffield Trust showing that lower EU migration is exacerbating staff shortages.”

The Nuffield Trust said in a report in November “it appears likely that the decision to leave the EU in 2016 plays a role”, but added that “deeper research into drivers of migration is needed”.

“Scotland is and always has been a proud European nation and we’re determined to continue to be an active and constructive participant on EU matters, which will ease the process of Scotland’s future return to the EU.

“This is in stark contrast to the approach being taken by the UK Government, intent on undermining retained EU law which will be hugely damaging to people and businesses in Scotland.”

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