CUMNOCK MP Corri Wilson will meet with her Ayrshire counterparts to explore the implications of Brexit on local business in Prestwick today.

Businesses from across Ayrshire have been invited to the breakfast meeting which will also discuss the Scottish Government’s proposal for mitigating the impact of leaving the EU on Scotland – Scotland’s Place in Europe.

Ms Wilson will be joined by Kilmarnock and Loudon MP Alan Brown, Patricia Gibson – MP for North Ayrshire and Arran – and Central Ayrshire MP Dr Philippa Whitford.

Guest speakers at the meeting, at NATS in Prestwick, include Joan McAlpine MSP, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Affairs Committee and Hisashi Kuboyama, development manager at the Federation of Small Businesses.

Commenting on the event, Corri Wilson said: “This event is an important opportunity for local businesses, which are so crucial to Ayrshire’s success, to voice their concerns around Brexit. As the process of leaving the EU gets under way, there is an increasingly urgent need for clarity and openness.

"I look forward to engaging with Ayrshire business owners and entrepreneurs and ensuring that, as Parliament begins to scrutinise the terms of Brexit, their futures are secured.”

Alan Brown added: “While it is absolutely clear that the UK Government still have no plans for Brexit and have been rightly criticised by the new Select Committee for such outrageous lack of foresight, we cannot sit around and wait for things to happen.

"That is why I am looking forward to hearing directly from businesses about what their aspirations and asks are as part of the UK withdrawal and what special considerations there should be from a Scottish perspective.”