Charity finds Scots still worried about Brexit

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More than seven in 10 people said they were concerned about how leaving the European Union will affect them

18th May 2018 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The majority of Scots are still worried about Brexit, a charity survey has found.

Research by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has found that more than seven in 10 people are concerned about how leaving the European Union will affect them.

Of those expressing concern about Brexit, nearly two thirds identify the cost of food and other essentials as a particular worry. Almost half cite the cost of travel and holidays, and 44% mention human rights.

CAS chairman Rory Mair said that Scotland’s politicians had to take more account of peoples’ concerns on the issue.

“Whether they voted remain or leave, and regardless of their party loyalties, people across Scotland are clearly very uneasy about the effects of leaving the EU,” he said.

“While our politicians squabble over the constitutional nuances, families have budgets to manage, businesses have decisions to make, and workers want to know what rights they will have.

“What people want is clarity. They want our leaders to get beyond the predictable point-scoring and instead start making meaningful decisions. In short, they want some leadership and direction. It is time for our politicians to step up and conduct this debate in a way which finally addresses that fact.”

The survey quizzed more than 2,000 Scots in March and showed that concerns varied by income. Those on low incomes were more likely to highlight the health service, cost of food, finding a job and the cost of energy bills, while those in higher incomes were more likely to mention travelling to Europe, financial matters and holiday expenses.