Investment in Scotland

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. Continue reading

The Food and Drink Sector

We have been part of the EU for so long, many have forgotten that tariff free trade is a very real benefit to us. Norway charges a tariff as high as 344% for beef steaks for imports coming from countries other than the EU[1]. Food and drink products are Scotland’s highest grossing export (16.8% of exports)[2], and Europe remains the biggest market for that, buying 70% of our food exports.[3] Continue reading

Trade and Jobs

This is one of the most important reasons Scotland should remain in the EU. EU trade means real jobs in communities up and down Scotland. The Scottish Government set this figure at around 300,000 jobs.[1] Yes, alternatives to EU membership could be found but the bottom line is simple: Scotland needs to remain a member of the single market and, if we want any say over the rules that govern that market, we need to be in the EU. The EU is one of the largest single markets in the world[2]. In 2014 alone the EU’s exports of goods was equivalent to 15.0 % of the world’s total despite only being home to 6.9% of the world’s population.[3] Continue reading