One of the reasons that so many Scottish jobs are linked to EU membership is because the EU is not just a free trade zone, but also a free investment zone.
Scotland has been more successful in attracting commercial investment from EU member states than any other part of the UK. This is not investment from the EU itself, but from companies in other EU member states who choose to put their money into our economy. Around 4,600 European businesses based in Scotland contributed around £15.8 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) to the Scottish economy in 2013. Without the legal certainties of EU membership, all this investment would be under question.
Did you know:
Each year EU membership is worth over £1000 to every Scot.