Gordon Brown outlines ‘third option’ for Scotland following indyref2 plan

Gordon Brown outlines ‘third option’ for Scotland following indyref2 plan

Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has proposed a “third option” of giving Scotland new powers and its share of EU cash in exchange for remaining in the UK.

During a speech in Kirkcaldy on the morning of Saturday, 18 March, the former MP said EU powers should be repatriated to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and the regions – not Westminster, after Brexit.

The former MP for Kirckaldy and Cowdenbeath’s speech comes in the same week SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, announced the intention to run another Scottish independence referendum following Brexit.

Mr Brown said: “If we do nothing then there’ll be a huge centralisation of power in Whitehall and it is exactly that that people in every part of the country want to get away from..

“If £4bn of expenditure that is now conducted in Britain by the EU is simply transferred to Whitehall then that is one of the biggest power grabs that you can see.”

He also warned that Scotland “leaving the British single market” would be a massive risk to Scottish jobs and trade.

Mr Brown said: “65% of our trade is with the rest of Britain – only 15% is with the European Union.

“If the issue is – as [Nicola Sturgeon] says – job and industry and investment and trade for the future, then you cannot discount the £50bn of trade we have with the rest of the UK and simply talk only about the £12bn of trade we have with the European Union.”

Ms Sturgeon announced she will seek an independence referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

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