SNP leader in Westminster Ian Blackford appeared on BBC News when he made the revelation – and host Clive Myrie reiterated that Scotland was in a “very different” position. Mr Blackford said: “If you look at Scotland, our population hasn’t really grown over the course of the last 100 years. And we’re very concerned about the issue of free movement of people – we need free movement of people if we’re to deliver sustainable economic growth.
“We need that in so many other industries – we need it in our public services.
“And if the UK leaves the EU and we don’t have that free movement we’re in trouble when it comes to delivering sustainability.
“It almost becomes impossible to do so because our working population will decline.
“So there’s a real impact that Brexit is going to have on us.
“I accept that that’s perhaps a little bit different from other parts of the UK.”
Host Clive Myrie laughed: “Very different from other parts of the UK.”
Meanwhile, Theresa May’s Brexit deal will be “dead” if MPs reject if for a fourth time, ministers have admitted.
Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay acknowledged it would be the end of the road for the deal thrashed out with the European Union if the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) is defeated when it is brought to the Commons in June.
Defeat would also deal a heavy blow to the Prime Minister’s already fragile authority and, although the WAB vote would not be a formal confidence motion, Number 10 sources acknowledged its significance “won’t be underestimated”.
The legislation writes the Brexit agreement into law and represents a fresh attempt to secure Parliament’s support for a deal which has already been rejected three times by MPs, including the heaviest defeat ever suffered by a Government.
Mr Barclay said the WAB would be published as soon as possible and would have its second reading in the Commons, the first legislative hurdle it would have to clear, in the week beginning June 3.
He told the Lords EU Committee: “I think if the House of Commons does not approve the WAB then the (Michel) Barnier deal is dead in that form.”
Number 10 said efforts were continuing to find a “sustainable” majority for the deal, with discussions involving DUP and Labour MPs.