What happened?

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On 23 June 2016, Scotland voted to remain within the European Union by 62% to 38% - with all 32 council areas backing remain.

That is a majority of 642,869 people.

Unfortunately, the UK as a whole voted to leave. The SNP made efforts to include 16 and 17 year olds in the franchise, give EU nationals the vote and establish a quadruple lock respecting the various nations that make up the UK. This demanded that unless “a majority of the votes cast in the referendum in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are against the United Kingdom remaining a member of the European Union” the UK would remain a member of the EU [1]

Because these were rejected, despite Scotland voting to remain in the EU, we now face the prospect of being dragged out against our democratically expressed view. Outrageously, we also face a situation where EU citizens in Scotland will be stripped of their rights despite never being asked their opinion.

A lot of misinformation is spread about the EU, both accidentally and on purpose. Before going into detail of the benefits of the EU, it is important to explain the process that will now take place. 


 

[1] ‘Notices of Amendments: European Union Referendum Bill’, House of Commons, (2015).