AYR, Carrick and Cumnock's MP has said that Ayrshire households and businesses are being "made to suffer" from Brexit.

Allan Dorans MP's comments come after a business leader slammed Brexit and said there is ‘no evidence’ of the promised dividend to businesses across the country.

Shevaun Haviland, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, told Bloomberg that Rishi Sunak should pursue a veterinary agreement to remove checks on food products, something that has affected Scotland’s food and drink sector.

Ms Haviland also called for changes to the visa system for skilled workers from Europe to work in the UK to fill current gaps in the labour market.

Mr Dorans has renewed his calls for Scottish independence as a means to rejoin the EU.

Speaking to Bloomberg news, Shevaun said: "We are not talking about uncontrolled immigration, we are talking about very specific sectors.

"It’s also driving wage increases and small businesses suffer more.

“Generally, deregulation doesn’t excite people."

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Commenting, Allan Dorans said: "Again, we have even more confirmation that Brexit doesn’t work, at the expense of households and businesses here in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

“Businesses in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock have taken a hammer blow because of Brexit and continue to suffer as a result, the only way they and the rest of Scotland can flourish is by escaping Brexit and becoming an independent country back in the European Union.

“Scotland’s economy has suffered the double whammy of leaving the EU and the Conservative-made cost of living crisis. Last week we learned that Scottish exports had nose-dived by 13 per cent since Brexit.

“However, there is no way back to the EU under Westminster control with Labour signed up as a fully-fledged Brexit party.

"No matter the economic consequences, Labour will keep Scotland out of the European Union, a market seven times the size of the UK.

“Meanwhile countries of a similar size to us continue to outperform the UK.

"That is why it is only with independence that Scotland can unleash its full potential by re-joining the European Union.”