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    Brexit study suggests 12% of Stirling population “vulnerable” to impact

    Written by on October 11, 2019

    A Scottish Government study suggests up to 12% of the population in Stirling’s “vulnerable” to the impact of Brexit.

    The research looked at factors including Brexit-sensitive industries, access to local services – and EU worker migration.

    The figures claim similar numbers of those living in Falkirk and Clacks, are also “at risk” from the fallout.

    Alyn Smith’s an MEP – he still wants Brexit to be stopped.

    “We always knew that Brexit would be damaging to Scotland but this new analysis really hits home the devastating impact that Brexit will have here in Stirling.

    “Families across the Stirling area will feel the impact of Brexit, with up to 12% of the local population most vulnerable to the potential economic shock.

    “The SNP in Brussels, Westminster and Holyrood will continue to do what it can to mitigate and minimise the impact on our most vulnerable communities, but this study lays bare the recklessness of the Tories in their blind determination to peruse Brexit at any cost.

    “Scotland never voted for Brexit and certainly not for the reckless extreme version now pursued by the UK government. It’s essential that we stop Brexit and go back to the people.”

    A Stirling Conservative spokesperson said:

    “Firstly, we’d like to call into question Alyn Smith’s mathematics skills. According to the dodgy data he is referring to Stirling is one of the least impacted by Brexit, only 9 of the 32 councils will be affected less than Stirling.

    “Secondly, it is clear this exercise is the Scottish Government using taxpayer’s money to scaremonger about Brexit and try to increase support for the SNP. If the SNP truly cared about Scotland and avoiding a “No Deal” Brexit as they claim, they’d have supported the withdrawal agreement and allowed us to leave the EU in an orderly way, something their MPs had three opportunities to do.

    “We look forward to the Scottish Government creating a similar study based on the financial impact of Scotland leaving the UK, which their own data shows would leave us in a £12.6bn deficit.”