David Mundell quote on Scottish GDP figures

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:

“These latest GDP figures show the Scottish economy growing, but much more slowly than we would like, and continuing to lag behind that of the rest of the UK.

“The UK Government is investing - including with an extra £2 billion announced in the Budget - to increase prosperity in Scotland, and I urge the Scottish Government to use its extensive new powers to do the same. But its recent decision to make Scotland the highest taxed part of the UK risks damaging, rather than growing, our economy.

“With Scotland’s exports to the rest of the UK worth four times more than those to the EU, today’s GDP figures are a stark reminder that we need to protect the vital UK internal market. The UK Government is fully focused on making our exit from the EU work for Scotland and the rest of the UK, and we urge the Scottish Government to work constructively with us.”