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Scottish government asks for £52,000,000 to prepare for no-deal Brexit

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Protestors during the March to Remain in the EU for Peace and Climate Action in Edinburgh. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 21, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Scotland Remain. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Holyrood demand all additional costs from a no-deal Brexit be covered by the government (Picture: PA)

Scotlands government has asked for £52 million from Westminster in case the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal.

Holyroods finance secretary Derek Mackay demanded the UK government cover any additional costs incurred, including beyond the October 31 deadline.

Westminster says money from the EU Exit Operational Contingency Fund will be available for disproportionate costs faced by Scotland.

Mackay used his request to reiterate just how against his government is to Brexit in any form.

He said: The UK Government now seems to be actively pursuing a no-deal outcome which is utterly unacceptable and must be avoided at all costs.

Protestors during the March to Remain in the EU for Peace and Climate Action in Edinburgh. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 21, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Scotland Remain. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Protestors at the March to Remain in the EU for Peace and Climate Action in Edinburgh (Picture: PA)

Mackay said the £52 million is the minimum requirement for operational activity but the real costs of a no-deal Brexit will massively outweigh these and further funding will be required.

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Scotland voted to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum by 62 to 38 per cent.

Mackay added: Exiting the EU was not Scotlands choice and the Scottish Government has been clear that any related costs must be covered by the UK Government.

The Scottish Government should not have to cut spending on public services to fund Brexit preparations.

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As a responsible government, we are already taking steps to protect jobs and our economy from a no-deal Brexit and we will set out those plans to Parliament shortly but we are facing additional and disproportionate costs to mitigate the impact of such an outcome.

Joanna Cherry MP joins protestors during the March to Remain in the EU for Peace and Climate Action in Edinburgh. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 21, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Scotland Remain. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Joanna Cherry MP joins protesters at yesterdays march (Picture: PA)

We will continue make the case for staying in the EU and will stand firm against efforts to take us out against our will.

The request includes funding to support the effect of no-deal on rural communities, increased demand on Marine Scotland and Police Scotland activities, additional communication to EU citizens in the country, and poverty mitigation measures.

A Scottish Conservative Party spokesman said: In 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the EU.

Only the Scottish Conservatives have worked to prevent no-deal by supporting a deal.

The SNP were given £92 million for our councils to prepare for Brexit.

Protestors during the March to Remain in the EU for Peace and Climate Action in Edinburgh. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 21, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Scotland Remain. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland voted in favour of remain by 62 to 38 per cent (Picture: PA)

Yet there is no evidence Scottish local authorities have received anything at all.

It comes after Scotlands chief economist on Friday predicted a potential £2 billion loss of investment because of Brexit.

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