Scotland's Economy

Reassurance following EU referendum

July 5, 2016 by No Comments | Category Economy, Employment

The First Minister and Economy Secretary Keith Brown today met leaders of key business organisations to discuss Scotland’s place in Europe.


The organisations involved were:

  • CBI
  • Institute of Directors
  • Federation of Small Businesses
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Scottish Financial Enterprise
  • Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Speaking ahead of the meeting, the First Minister said:

“Scotland’s economy is fundamentally strong, but continued EU membership and our place in the world’s biggest single market is absolutely vital when it comes to protecting jobs, investment and long term prosperity.

“Clearly there is now uncertainty for business, so we need to protect Scotland from that as much as possible. Today’s meeting with leading business organisations is a vital step in that process, as Scotland’s business community has a great deal to play in this – by coming together today, they can start to map out a united response, which will be crucial in protecting Scotland’s interests.”

Mr Brown added:

“The key message I and other Ministers have been relaying is that we are still firmly in the EU and business and trade should continue as normal. On that front, nothing has changed.

“We know that Scotland is an attractive place to do business and we continue to be open for business with European partners and further afield.

“What we’ll be discussing with business leaders is how we preserve and strengthen those links, and what steps we can collectively take to ensure Scotland’s strong economic position is maintained.”


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