Wed 21 Aug, 2019

Boris Johnson’s admission that Brexit will lead to a ripping up of environmental safeguards and workers’ rights shows why the hard-right Brexit project must be stopped, the Scottish Greens have said.

In his letter to EU leaders, the Prime Minister said regulations governing “environmental, product and labour standards” must “diverge” from the EU.

“That is the point our exit,” he adds.

Responding, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “Johnson’s arrogant letter to the EU has already been dismissed by EU officials for its stance on the Irish backstop, but it also contains a sinister statement of intent when it comes to the environment and workers’ rights.

“This is a stark admission. Whatever we do in Scotland to protect them, the UK intends to give up our rights and protection of the quality of our environment and food in return for a US trade deal.

“It is yet another clear sign that the UK Government has no intention of respecting Scotland’s position on this. Scotland’s urgent priority then is to demand the section 30 order the Scottish Parliament voted for in 2017 so we can forge a different path.”

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