McArthur: Brexit black hole must be filled

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today highlighted the gap that needs to be filled by the UK Government post-Brexit as freedom of information requests reveal the extent to which Orkney will miss out on EU funding.

According to the figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats from 30 of the 32 councils, in the past four years over £127 million of funding has been assigned to Scotland’s local authorities from EU sources.

EU funding to Orkney, which totals £5,193,576, has covered everything from rural development projects throughout the isles to investment in Orkney’s world leading renewable energy sector.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

“The uncertainty following the referendum result has been felt right across the country, including here in Orkney. It is well-recognised that EU funding has played a key role in supporting a wide range of projects of vital importance to our local economy.

“The decision to leave the EU, therefore, has raised big questions about how that funding will be sourced in future. The need has certainly not gone away and it is now the responsibility of the UK Government to explain how future arrangements will fill the gap and safeguard projects in places like Orkney."


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