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Westminster decision makers must heed Holyrood warning, says FSB

An influential Holyrood committee has published a unanimous, cross-party report warning that a no-deal Brexit would be damaging to Scotland's economy and public finances. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland has commended the report’s findings and urged MPs to find a path to avoid this outcome. 

Colin Borland, FSB’s director of devolved nations, said: “There’s simply not enough time for Scotland’s business community to prepare appropriately for a no-deal no transition Brexit. It is an outcome that absolutely must be avoided – or we face the prospect of good businesses going under as a consequence of circumstances well out of their control. 

“It is notable that this warning has come from a cross-section of MSPs including representatives of the four largest parties represented at Westminster. If compromise can be reached in the committee rooms of Holyrood, it is reasonable for the business community and the nation to expect key Westminster decision makers to co-operate to avoid disaster.”