Households and businesses in Na h-Eileanan an Iar are being made to suffer from the worst of the Tories’ botched Brexit, Angus MacNeil MP has warned, after a top business leader slammed Brexit and said there is ‘no evidence’ of the promised dividend to businesses across the country. 

Households in na h-Eileanan an Iar face a shortfall of £953 a year as a result of the Tories’ Brexit, prompting renewed calls from Mr MacNeil for Scottish independence as a means to escape Tory Brexit chaos and re-join the EU. 

Shevaun Haviland, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, told Bloomberg that Rishi Sunak should pursue a veterinary agreement to remove checks on food products, something that has hammered Scotland’s world-class food and drink sector. 

Ms Haviland also called for changes to the visa system for skilled workers from Europe to work in the UK to fill the gaps in the labour market caused by Brexit. 

Commenting, Mr MacNeil said: 

“Again, we have even more confirmation that Brexit doesn’t work at the expense of households and businesses here in Na h-Eileanan an Iar. 

“Obviously, a veterinary agreement would greatly help crofters, farmers and those exporting shellfish. The fact that the UK has this is more Brexit ostrich thinking and it is very costly. 

“Businesses have taken a hammer blow because of Brexit and continue to suffer as a result, the only way they and the rest of Scotland can flourish is by escaping Brexit and becoming an independent country back in the European Union. 

“Scotland’s economy has suffered the double whammy of leaving the EU and the Tory-made cost of living crisis. Last week we learned that Scottish exports had nose-dived by 13% since Brexit. 

“However, there is no way back to the EU under Westminster control with Labour signed up as a fully-fledged Brexit party. No matter the economic consequences, Labour will keep Scotland out of the European Union, a market seven times the size of the UK. 

“Meanwhile countries of a similar size to us continue to outperform the UK. That is why it is only with independence that Scotland can unleash its full potential by re-joining the European Union.”