With just a little over a fortnight before the end of the Brexit transition period and amid continued uncertainty on a UK-EU trade deal, Iain Gray MSP has questioned the Scottish Government on its support for local businesses as they prepare for a new era outside the EU.
Mr Gray asked what assessment Ministers have made of the impact on East Lothian of leaving the EU. He followed that up by asking about the practical support that the Scottish Government and its agencies are providing for businesses affected by Brexit.
Speaking afterwards, Iain Gray MSP said:
“I know that the drawn-out nature of the Brexit process and the continued uncertainty surrounding our future trading relationship with the rest of the EU has made life very difficult for many businesses that trade with Europe.
“Local businesses have already told me that they have suffered because of our departure from the EU, and all the forecasts suggest this is set to get worse, especially if we leave the current transition period without a deal.
“East Lothian Council has been doing its best to advise and support businesses on our new relationship with the EU, and there is assistance available from Scottish Government agencies too.
“Any local businesses still unsure about how to prepare for the changes after 1 January should visit www.prepareforbrexit.scot/ for advice and information.”
Watch the full exchange on this issue here.