Fresh research has demonstrated the extreme damage Brexit has inflicted on Scotland’s export market - to the tune of £2.2 billion. In recently published HMRC data, Scotland's exports fell from £16.741bn in 2019, the year before the UK exited the EU to £14.528bn in 2021 - a drop of over 13% in two years.
Prior to Brexit, Scotland's exports to EU countries were consistently rising, with an increase of £420 million between 2018 and 2019.
Nationally across Scotland, the figure broken down is around £869.97 per household or £401.47 per head of population.
Commenting, Gordon MP Richard Thomson said:
“Brexit remains a self-inflicted economic calamity, one that the people of Gordon, and Scotland, rejected at the ballot box. These fresh figures cast light on the real impact to our businesses - £2.2 billion less in exports means fewer jobs, reduced investment and suppressed economic growth for our businesses, high streets and town centres.
“As the mounting economic damage to North-east households from Westminster incompetence becomes clear, more and more voters are looking at the case for independence in Europe. Scotland needs independence if we are serious about building a fair and prosperous future. There is no escape from long-term economic damage and decline under Westminster control.”