FSB in Scotland: Collaboration required to exit political cul-de-sac

Following the heavy defeat of the Withdrawal Agreement in last night’s meaningful vote in the House of Commons, the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) director of devolved nations Colin Borland has warned that a chaotic no deal Brexit in 72 days would damage tens of thousands of Scottish smaller firms.

FSB polling conducted last year revealed only one in seven (14%) Scottish businesses had started preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Colin Borland said: “Scottish business is not ready to leave the EU with no deal on March 29 and the average smaller firm is likely to be less prepared than its big business counterpart. With every second private sector job in Scotland sustained by small and medium sized firms, a no-deal crash out is an outcome that should not countenanced.

“We’re not going to find our way out of this mess without cross-party collaboration and co-operation. Local operators from Durness to Dumfries are looking for their elected members to lead us out of the current political cul-de-sac.”