"Uncertainty about Brexit – decisions being made in London without the Scottish government’s consent and over which the Scottish government has no control – is having a profound and negative impact on the economy. Small and medium businesses, the backbone of the British economy, are not growing, they are not taking on staff, and they are struggling to make money. Not knowing what the future holds over the other side of the cliff edge, investors – or potential investors – are not putting their money to work in UK companies. Decisions being made in Westminster are having a direct effect on the economy. They have caused it to stall and thereby slowed the rate of employment."