May pitches Brexit deal to Scotland forward of essential vote

FILE PHOTO – Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves 10 Downing Street, to make a press release within the House of Commons, in London, Britain November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will take her Brexit gross sales pitch to Scotland on Wednesday, the place she’s going to doubtless face an uphill battle to persuade sceptical voters of the advantages of her deal for companies and the fishing business.

May is attempting to drum up backing for the exit deal she has negotiated with Brussels within the hope of triggering a groundswell of help from companies and residents that can push lawmakers from throughout the political spectrum to drop their opposition.

“It is a deal that is good for Scottish employers and which will protect jobs,” she’s going to say, including that the accord created a brand new free commerce space defining an “unprecedented economic relationship that no other major economy has.”

“At the same time, we will be free to strike our own trade deals around the world – providing even greater opportunity to Scottish exporters.”

May must win a vote in parliament on Dec. 11 to approve her deal however that appears troublesome with an obvious giant majority of lawmakers – together with the Scottish National Party which has 35 of Scotland’s 59 seats in parliament – against it.

The Brexit deal is more likely to be a troublesome promote in Scotland, which voted 62 % in favour of staying within the European Union on the 2016 referendum, and is worried about diminished entry to export markets, buying and selling away fishing rights and the loss of the devolved decision-making powers it at present has.

The Scottish leg of her tour follows visits to Wales and Northern Ireland on Tuesday through which she met companies, group and religion leaders, and native politicians, whereas lawmakers in London continued to criticise her deal.

Reporting by William James; enhancing by Stephen Addison

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