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SNP must put workers before politics on Brexit

With an estimated 80,000 Scottish jobs at stake if the UK crashes out of Europe without a deal, Scotland’s biggest trade union, Unite, has today (Wednesday) urged the Scottish National Party (SNP) to put politics to one side and do what is best for Scotland’s working people.

Pat Rafferty, Unite’s Scottish secretary, is calling upon the SNP’s MPs at Westminster to drop opposition to Labour’s efforts to find a Brexit solution that puts jobs and communities first.

Pat Rafferty said: “There are 80,000 Scottish jobs that will disappear if we leave the EU without a deal. While there is any risk of this happening, which there is with this Conservative government, we are saying to the SNP do what is best for Scotland’s workers.

“That means working with Labour to secure a legally binding customs union, a vital measure that removes the risk of a destructive hard Brexit.

“Our members will be extremely concerned about any failure to do this or actions that effectively block measures that can protect jobs.

“Of course this situation is not ideal and we know where the blame for this chaos lies but this is time for parties to put their politics to one side and do what is best for Scotland.”

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For more information please contact Pauline Doyle on 07976 832861 or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

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Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.

Take a no deal Brexit off the table

Millions of livelihoods and the future of manufacturing communities across the UK are hanging in the balance. The game of playing roulette with people’s lives needs to end. A no-deal Brexit needs to be taken off the table and a deal secured which ensures an on-going customs arrangement and tariff free, frictionless trade secured."

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