Responding to new research from the FSB showing that two thirds of Scottish small employers with EU workers are concerned about future skills shortages, Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that Brexit is bogging down small businesses.
The research also shows that 19% of Scottish small employers would consider closing their business if Brexit creates additional barriers to recruiting EU citizens, 37% would consider reducing operations and 12% would consider moving their business abroad.
Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Cllr Carolyn Caddick said:
“These new figures show that a hard Conservative Brexit presents a massive threat to small businesses, with almost one-in-five small employers considering closing their business if Brexit creates additional barriers to recruiting EU citizens.
“Instead of equipping small businesses to expand and thrive, the Tories are set to deprive firms of the labour they need while the SNP preside skills shortages and an education system that is slipping. That is not the way to create jobs and build a high-wage, high-skill economy.
“The best thing we can do for businesses in Scotland is to keep Scotland in the UK and the UK in the EU. Liberal Democrats stand with the majority opinion and are relishing the chance to change the direction of the whole UK at this general election.”