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.
📣 @NicolaSturgeon: “Scotland voted against Brexit and right now, our exporting businesses are facing these costs and barriers and it’s completely against the will of the people of Scotland.” #Marr pic.twitter.com/hQjWuJBYlq
— The SNP (@theSNP) April 25, 2021
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.
Tory MPs rip out NHS protections from trade bill https://t.co/UmhzyX1tc7
— The Independent (@Independent) January 20, 2021
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%.
Fascinating polling in @euronews showing strong support in 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇮🇹 and 🇪🇸 for an independent Scotland joining the EU 🏴🇪🇺
— Stewart McDonald MP (@StewartMcDonald) June 23, 2021
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.
This is an incredibly impressive list of people, all making clear that a future independent Scotland should be warmly and quickly welcomed back into the EU. https://t.co/ue6OkjAQTD
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 29, 2021
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.
Donald Tusk: The EU ❤️ Scotland https://t.co/E75VjoHX65
— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) February 2, 2020
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.
🏴 With our big economy, highly educated population and cutting-edge innovation, Scotland has got what it takes to thrive as an independent country.
👇 See the facts.pic.twitter.com/YMhlgQjP7T
— Yes (@YesScot) February 3, 2021
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.
🏴 Technology from Dundee provided key components for NASA’s mission to Mars.
🛰️ Glasgow builds more satellites than anywhere else outside of California.
🌍 Scotland is big enough, wealthy enough and smart enough to thrive as an independent country.https://t.co/i0HjfqMWAy
— Yes (@YesScot) February 19, 2021
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.
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.
Pledge your support for independence here and share with 5 friends or family to spread the message.
🔎 David Cameron used 36.9% as a mandate for an EU referendum.
🗳️ In the latest election, the SNP got 47.7% and an increased pro-independence majority at Holyrood.
📺 Bernard Ponsonby on STV says “it is not credible” for politicians to deny Scotland’s right to choose. pic.twitter.com/QkobEz6yO9
— Yes (@YesScot) May 21, 2021