Former DExEU Boss warns leaving the EU poses ‘huge’ challenges to Highlands
Speaking at a lecture at the University of the Highlands and Islands, the former UK Brexit Department head has warned that Brexit poses a “huge challenge” to the Highlands which stands to lose hundreds of millions in EU cash.
Philip Rycroft, who was permanent secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) until earlier this year, warned that the Highlands and Islands were “more exposed” to Brexit than other parts of the UK as EU structural funds would disappear overnight.
Mr Rycroft also highlighted the lack of detail in the Government’s proposed Shared Prosperity Fund and questioned its ability to replace EU funding.
Commenting Far North MP Jamie Stone said:
“EU funding has been essential to the Highlands, funding roads, ports and infrastructure. We owe a great deal to this funding and we would lose a great deal if it were stopped.
“I have asked the Government repeatedly to guarantee replacement funding for the Highlands but each time they have been unable to do so.
“And now the former head of DExEU has confirmed that the Highlands stands to lose out as a result of Brexit.
“More than ever we need to go back to the people for the final say on the Brexit shambles. It is time for a people’s vote with the option to stay in the EU.”