Rona Mackay MSP: ‘EU citizens remain welcome in Scotland despite UK Brexit vote’

Rona Mackay MSP: ‘EU citizens remain welcome in Scotland despite UK Brexit vote’

Rona Mackay MSP
Rona Mackay MSP

SNP MSP Rona Mackay has told EU nationals in Strathkelvin and Bearsden that “you remain welcome here” after Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union.

East Dunbartonshire voted to Remain in the EU by 71.4 per cent – alongside every other local authority area in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that it would be a “democratic outrage” for Scotland to now be dragged out of the EU against its will.

The Scottish Government is now exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

Ms Mackay said: “East Dunbartonshire, like the rest of Scotland, voted to remain within the EU – a vote to protect our place in the world’s biggest single market and the jobs and investment that depend on it.

“It’s significant that the result in Scotland came after a campaign that was positive about the EU and the benefits of freedom of movement.

“As your MSP, I want to tell the citizens of other EU countries living in Strathkelvin and Bearsden that you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.

“It’s deeply disappointing that the result in Scotland was not echoed across the whole of the UK – but Scotland has spoken decisively and we will make that voice heard.”

Scotland and the EU

Scotland and the EU

The SNP believes that Scotland benefits from its membership of the European Union and it is in Scotland’s best interests to remain within it. We know it’s not perfect and needs reform, but we want to have a louder voice in Europe and we will be campaigning in the forthcoming referendum, to stay in the EU.

There are many benefits to remaining in the EU – it is the main destination for Scotland’s international exports and as citizens of the EU we are ale to travel freely throughout Europe – for work, study or travel – without the need for visas.

We need a greater involvement in EU policy-making and an opportunity to be part of discussions about reform as an independent nation, rather than becoming even more distant by removing ourselves.

Crucially, we may also endanger our Human Rights entitlement, which is embedded in the EU.