Thu 10 Sep, 2020

I am alarmed at how SNP MPs and councils have embraced the idea of free ports Mark Ruskell

Scotland must resist taking part in a Tory race to the bottom through a deregulated Brexit, the Scottish Greens have said.

The comments came as the Scottish Government vowed to refuse consent for the highly controversial UK Internal Markets Bill, which will grant UK ministers a veto over any devolved area.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “The Scottish Greens are firmly opposed to an unlawful bill that tears up democracy and the devolved settlement. It is a part of a reckless approach to Brexit which puts our rights and environmental protections at the mercy of deregulated markets.

“Given their opposition to this, I am alarmed at how SNP MPs and councils have embraced the idea of free ports, the creation of deregulated tax-free centres in our ports. We don’t even know what the UK Government proposals for these free ports are, yet Dundee council have already backed it. Instead of cashing in on this Tory race to the bottom when it comes to tax avoidance and environmental standards, Scotland needs to stand firm.”

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