Sturgeon’s dream to rejoin EU destroyed as MP exposes staggering trade deficit with UK

Nicola Sturgeon has been campaigning for the ability to hold a referendum on Scotland’s independence so that the country can rejoin the EU following Brexit. But the SNP leader has been declined the vote as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it is a once in a generation vote. Ms Sturgeon’s trade plans with the EU have since been dismantled by Conservative MPs in Parliament today.

James Sunderland MP asked in Commons: “Given the minister’s assessment will he confirm that Scotland’s trade with the rest of the UK is worth more than three times that of the EU.

“This is only one of the benefits on offer on being part of the UK, not least for British firms.”

Scotland’s Secretary Alister Jack MP replied: “The Scottish Government’s shown figures so that Scotland’s most important trading partner is the rest of the UK.

“That is worth more three times than trade with the other 27 EU countries combined.

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“The Scottish Government’s figures showed over 60 percent the country’s exports go to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“I would argue it’s one of the many benefits it has as part of the United Kingdom.”

The SNP has been shamed over Ms Sturgeon’s proposal to return the Scottish fishing industry back into the hands of the EU despite fishermen across the country demanding full control of British waters.

Under her plan, Scottish fishermen would once again have to abide by the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) despite coastal communities long bemoaning the restrictions imposed under the system

"To take us back into the European Union, to be shackled once again by the Common Fisheries Policy – something many Scots and many fishermen voted comprehensively to leave.

"And the SNP want to put us right back into it."

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) earlier this month renewed efforts to ensure Boris Johnson frees the whole of the UK from the stranglehold of the CFP.

The SFF warned failure to gain full control of access to British waters over the second stage of Brexit negotiations would be a “colossal betrayal” of the fishing industry.

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