A statement from Inclusion Scotland on the results of the EU Referendum:
Whether this morning you are reeling from the shock or celebrating, no one can be in any doubt that extremely turbulent times lie ahead. The reality now is that the human rights, equality rights and workers’ rights that could not be removed while we remained an EU member are now no longer secure. The many third sector organisations that rely on European funding appear to face a bleak future. And already our economy seems to be in free-fall. Just a week ago there was talk of a ‘punishment budget’ with yet more swingeing cuts to public spending, should ‘leave’ prevail. That now seems inevitable. But haven’t we disabled people already been punished enough? And for what? Did we cause this situation? No. This cannot continue. Inclusion Scotland calls on Scottish disabled people and our organisations to come together and work together. We must seize all opportunities – and there will be many because everything is now up in the air – not just to protect what we currently have, but improve on it. That is our goal. That is what we must do.