Europe is leaving a light on for Scotland

In the 2016 EU referendum, Scotland sent an overwhelming message to Westminster and Europe: we remain a proudly European country.

All of the 32 local authorities voted to Remain – and with 62% of voters across the country, Scotland had by far the highest pro-EU vote of any part of the UK.

Despite that vote, Boris Johnson and the Tories dragged Scotland out of the EU against our will. Still across Europe, support for Scotland re-joining the EU is widespread.

Scotland is paying the price of a hard Tory Brexit we consistently rejected

Throughout the Brexit process, Scotland’s overwhelming vote to remain in the EU was completely ignored by Westminster.

Just like with Tory governments we rejected in every election since 1955, we’re now having to pay the price of a Tory Brexit we never voted for.

This price is a sell-out of Scotland’s fishing communities.

A damaging deal for farmers, risking businesses and threatening our food standards.

Young people denied opportunities to live, study and work across Europe.

And our NHS under threat from being carved up in Tory trade deals.

Five years on from the referendum, and almost seven months since the transition period ended, this is only a fraction of the damaging impact of Brexit that Scotland is facing.

Members of the public across Europe support an independent Scotland in Europe

The latest polling of the public in key EU member states, by Redfield and Wilton for Euronews, shows that they would support an independent Scotland becoming a member state of the EU.

France, Germany, Italy and Spain showed respective support for an independent Scotland joining the EU at 44%, 51%, 54% and 56%. In contrast, opposition was insignificant at 10%, 9%, 8% and 9%.

The poll shows the level of awareness among the European public about Scotland’s position, and leaves the Tories – with their anti-democratic ignorance of Scotland’s wishes – increasingly isolated abroad.

Cultural heavyweights across Europe unite in a call to welcome Scotland into the EU

More than 170 prominent cultural figures, including the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante, German writer Daniel Kehlmann and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, signed a letter to the European Union expressing solidarity with Scotland’s position.

The letter represents the huge scale of support for welcoming Scotland back into the EU, saying: “We all agree on this: we want the people of Scotland to know that Europeans everywhere would welcome them back in the European Union if this is their democratic wish.

Brussels is “enthusiastic” about welcoming Scotland’s return

Senior EU figures, including former European Council President Donald Tusk, said the EU would “enthusiastically” welcome Scotland after independence.

Fabian Zuleeg, chief executive of the European Policy Centre in Brussels, said “the mood on the EU side is rather positive” and suggested an independent Scotland might be able to conclude membership negotiations in “two to three years” – similar to Finland in the mid-1990s.

Many leading MEPs from every corner of Europe expressed support and said the process of accession would be smooth.

We can build a fairer, better future as an independent country in Europe

Evidence clearly demonstrates that Scotland has what it takes to thrive as an independent country.

On a per head basis, Scotland’s national income makes us wealthier than rich countries such as New Zealand, Japan and Italy.

We have a highly educated population with some of the world’s best universities, extraordinary natural resources and a thriving high-tech sector with a huge exporting potential.

As an independent country in the EU, just like Denmark and Ireland, we will have full control of our economic policy and all levers at our disposal – as well as access to a market seven times the size of the UK.

Pledge your support and help us win an independent, European Scotland

The Tories already know a referendum is coming and they’re growing increasingly desperate – highlighted by Michael Gove using COVID contract funds to conduct secretive pro-Union campaigning.

This comes after reports of the UK government is beefing up its efforts of combatting independence, and the Scotland Office communications budget tripling to over £1.3 million.

Scotland must have the right to choose its own future and there is a clear democratic mandate for an independence referendum once the COVID pandemic is over.

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