Ivan McKee, MSP for Glasgow Govan, rubbished latest quarterly figures which show the Scottish economy shrank 0.2 per cent during the last three months of 2016.
Speaking on All Out Politics on Sky News, the millionaire businessman blamed former Prime Minister David Cameron for the Brexit result and said the people of Scotland needed to decide on its future.
He said: “Well we didn’t ask to be here. We’re here because David Cameron had a Brexit referendum that he didn’t expect to have to have because he didn’t expect he was going to win that election and then he didn’t have a campaign to win that campaign.
“We are where we are and the people of Scotland have to make a decision.”
Ivan McKee said the worst of Brexit was "yet to come" across the UK
I think the worst of Brexit is yet to come right across the UK
Mr McKee said the UK economy was set to take a hit as Brexit “bit”.
He said: “I think the worst of Brexit is yet to come right across the UK and I think we’ll see that starting to bite as people realise ‘a’ that Theresa May’s Government doesn’t have any plan for where we’re going to go and ‘b’ the reality of what exit from the European Union is going to mean on investment and jobs in the UK."
He added figures showed on average the Scottish economy had performed “as well as the UK” over the past few years.
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But Scotland's latest figures takes overall growth last year to just 0.4 per cent – in comparison to Britain's booming 1.9 per cent.
In the final three months of 2016, construction and production output contracted by 0.8 per cent and 0.9 per cent respectively, data revealed by National Statistics shows.
And the services sector, which accounts for around three quarters of the Scottish economy, completely flatlined, meaning an overall dire performance.