Tourism is an obvious advantage open to Scots. We can all get on a flight, train, boat or drive and easily, without visas, travel anywhere in Europe. Budget airlines have flourished because of the EU single market and competition rules, taking Scots to other countries and bringing tourists to us.Read more
Free trade must be fair, and must work for people, not just businesses.
The EU single market rules are underpinned by a strong core of social rights, both for workers and for people in general: to promote their general welfare, to facilitate freedom of movement by ensuring that accrued rights are portable and can travel with you to another country, and to prevent unscrupulous employers from exploiting national differences to undercut working conditions and the standard of living.Read more
The Erasmus Student Exchange Programme is one of the most high profile examples of the success of open EU borders, and one in which Scotland is heavily involved.
Scots often have many identities. The Independence movement has always been comfortable with this and openly embraced it. Campaign organisations such as English Scots for Yes or Poles for Yes illustrate this particularly well but Scotland has also long been part of a European framework. Scottish communities have, for hundreds of years, made their homes in the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Germany and Poland to name just a few.Read more
So what does Scotland have right now? Scotland has been an integral part of the EU for almost 50 years, a status that we now face losing. We are represented at every stage of the EU’s activities.
The recreation, in 1999, of the Scottish Parliament and the formation of a Scottish Government gave Scotland a far stronger voice within the EU, and has allowed the people of Scotland to find Scottish solutions for Scottish problems and design a society that reflects our needs.
This has led to Scotland showing how very European it really is. We stand alongside the rest of Northern Europe by not privatising healthcare, encouraging the development of renewable energy and not charging our citizens for higher education.
Did you know?
Estimates in 2014 suggest that there were around 181,000 people in Scotland who had the nationality of another EU member state, which is around 3.4% of the overall population. When compared to the UK as a whole, Scotland has proportionally fewer EU nationals (UK wide, the figure is 4.9%).