Charities in no-deal Brexit plea

‘For too long, the voice of the charity and voluntary sector has been drowned out’

Wednesday 21st August 2019

Charities in Scotland are urging leaders of UK political parties to do all they can to block a no-deal Brexit, warning an unnegotiated departure will ‘undoubtedly see charities collapse’.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), which represents more than 2,000 charities, volunteer groups and social enterprises north of the border, says leaving the EU without a deal would ‘make it impossible to maintain the current levels and standards of support.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised the UK will leave the EU on 31st October with or without a deal.

In the letter sent to eight parties, Annie Fowlie, SCVO’s chief executive, claims voluntary groups have been ignored ‘on everything from human rights, environmental impact, immigration, free movement and workforce, to medicines, loss of funding and maintaining links with sister organisations’.

Ms Fowlie goes on to suggest a second referendum should take place, saying citizens could be asked ‘if this is what they truly want.’

The full letter can be read here.