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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08929: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its assessment is of the recent Fraser of Allander Institute study that suggests that more than 500,000 jobs in Scotland are supported by exports to the rest of the UK compared with 125,000 that are supported by exports to the EU.

Answered by: Keith Brown 8 May 2017

The study estimates the number of jobs supported by exports from Scotland to the rest of the UK. Trade is two way: the rest of the UK exports to Scotland and this trade supports over 500,000 jobs in the UK economy.

Scotland does not face a choice between exporting to the UK or EU. It can, and does, do both.

The biggest threat to the Scottish economy is the hard Brexit being pursued by the UK Government that the Fraser of Allander Institute estimates could cost the country 80,000 jobs over a decade