Evening Express

SNP demands freedom of movement over North Sea Brexit warning

Gillian Martin MSP

The SNP has called on the UK Government to ensure freedom of movement post-Brexit following a warning it could lead to the shutdown of North Sea platforms.

An economic report published by Oil and Gas UK today said a hard Brexit could lead to a skills shortage, meaning vital services like emergency response vehicles may not be available.

Without them, platforms would have to shut down production according to the report.

It adds that seven percent of the offshore workforce are from other EU member countries, and make up five percent of the overall oil and gas workforce.

A group of north east MPs and MSPs for the SNP have written to the home secretary Sajid Javid and business secretary Greg Clark calling for guarantees for North Sea workers.

It is signed by Aberdeen South MP Kirsty Blackman and Inverness MP Drew Hendry, as well as several MSPs from around the north east –  Stewart Stevenson, Maureen Watt, Gillian Martin, and Kevin Stewart, as well as Mairi Gougeon for Angus.

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