Scottish Brexit Secretary Mike Russell has delivered a statement on the impact of the proposed new EU exit deal on Scotland.
Mr Russell says the deal proposed by Boris Johnson is “rotten” and insists it would put Scotland at a serious disadvantage owing to the Northern Ireland arrangements specifically.
The Scottish Brexit Secretary says the government’s assessment of the new Brexit deal is that it is an even more damaging deal than the May deal this parliament rejected last year.
The Brexit secretary says Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will leave the UK £70bn worse off than if it had remained in the EU, according to a study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).
There is no way this deal gets the drawn-out process of Brexit over and done with, he adds.
He suggests there is a high likelihood of the UK crashing out of the transition period without a long-term deal with the EU even if the Withdrawal Agreement Bill were passed now.