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S5O-01760: Coffey, Willie (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 31 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on the Ayrshire economy, particularly the hospitality sector, of the UK leaving the EU.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 February 2018

The Scottish Government has clearly set out the implications of Brexit and the impact that leaving the single market and customs union will have on Scotland’s visitor economy.

Our rural communities, such as Ayrshire, depend on workers from the EU across a range of sectors and, of the 200,000 jobs provided by hospitality and tourism, right across Scotland, more than 21,000 of those are currently held by non-UK EU nationals.

We strongly advocate that Scotland is, and continues to be, an outward-looking, welcoming and open nation, enjoying the benefits of freedom of movement to ensure we recruit and retain the talent and skills the sector needs and to maintain our current open skies agreements and visa-free European travel.