Fife businesses quiz Keir Starmer during ‘Brexit breakfast’

Sir Keir Starmer MP was quizzed by bosses from around twenty Fife businesses at a ‘Brexit breakfast’ held in Lochore yesterday (Tuesday).

The Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union was invited to Fife by Lesley Laird MP at the request of Fife Chamber of Commerce.

The business breakfast event, which took place at the Willie Clarke Centre in Lochore Meadows, saw the MP for Holborn and St Pancras field direct questions from Fife firms.

Speaking afterwards, Lesley said: “I’m delighted Sir Keir Starmer took up my invitation to speak directly with businesses here in Fife.

“Firms in the Kingdom are naturally concerned about the potential implications of Brexit, the merits of a ‘deal versus no-deal’ scenario when the UK leaves the European Union next year – and what challenges a post-Brexit world could present them in the years ahead.

“It’s incredibly beneficial for businesses to have an opportunity to pose questions directly to authoritative politicians at the heart of Brexit – and Keir certainly has the expertise to answer them.

“I’m grateful Sir Keir took time out in his busy schedule to listen to Fife firms who made it clear they want a government which will support them through Brexit and, moreover, support growth, investment and skills in our economy.

“I hope the event proved informative and, last but not least, I’d like to extend my thanks to Fife Chamber of Commerce who helped organise it.”

Keir Starmer, Labour’s Shadow Brexit, said: “Over the past few years, I have made it my mission to talk to as many businesses as possible about Brexit.

“It’s clear many companies in Fife– and indeed across Scotland – are frustrated that the Tories’ in Westminster have not listened to them during the negotiations. “This lack of engagement and the continued uncertainty is increasing the risk of a bad or no deal Brexit.

“The clock is ticking over Brexit. That is why Labour will continue to press the Government to negotiate a Brexit deal that puts jobs and the economy first.”

Alan Mitchell, Chief Executive of Fife Chamber of Commerce said: “Fife Chamber is delighted that its members have had another opportunity to hear from, and question, a senior political figure, and we are grateful to Sir Keir for taking the time to come and speak to them.

“It is vitally important that senior politicians from across Holyrood and Westminster understand what challenges and opportunities Fife’s businesses are facing, so that they can develop policies that will give our members practical and timely support.”

Pictured (l-r): Alan Mitchell, Chief Executive of Fife Chamber of Commerce, Claire Baker MSP, Lesley Laird MP, Keir Starmer MP and Brian Horisk, Vice-President of Fife Chamber of Commerce.