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Moray councillors clash over Brexit

By Alistair Whitfield

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A ROW broke out today about the implications a 'no deal' would have locally.

Speaking at a meeting of the full council, cllr Theresa Coull (Keith and Cullen, SNP) asked the leader of Moray's Conservatives what the position of his group was regarding leaving the European Union without a deal.

She added: "Are they supporting the Prime Minister? Do they think it's a good thing for Moray?"

Tim Eagle (Buckie) who was recently selected by the Conservatives as their candidate for the next Holyrood elections, refused to answer.

He said: "I don't see how that has any relevance on council business or the paper in front of us. It's not something I bother discussing with my group. We concentrate on council matters."

In reply, Cllr Paula Coy (Elgin North, SNP) said: "I find it quite terrifying that the leader of the Conservative group cannot see this is going biggest single event in any of our lifetimes that could have a negative effect.

"If they're not willing to answer I'd like to appeal to them to at least lobby Moray's Conservative MP Douglas Ross to do everything he can to avoid a 'no deal'."

Predicting that a 'no deal' would lead to food prices rising by at least ten per cent, cllr Coy continued: "It will disproportionately effect Moray and the North East

"We are due to be one of the areas of the UK to worst affected by Brexit."

After the meeting, cllr Eagle issued a public statement.

He wrote: "It frustrates me that the SNP think they can take a moral high ground on Brexit.

"Their obsession with independence takes little account of the devastation that would be wreaked here in Scotland, given that 60 per cent of our trade is done with our friends in the rest of the UK."

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