Here is the outcome of the May 6 2021 election in terms of seats:
The SNP and Scottish Greens both campaigned on a platform of Scotland rejoining the EU (see their manifestos below) and won 72 seats or a clear majority taken together. We at EMiS openly campaigned for the same position – whether Scotland is in or out of that other union, the UK. So, the country has reaffirmed its pro-EU stance so powerfully demonstrated in the 2016 referendum.
Keeping Europe on the Agenda
What should our relationship with Europe look like?
In the run-up to the Holyrood elections, we analysed the expected impact of Brexit on Scotland and made a series of recommendations for our future prosperity. We sent our manifesto to all the candidates for the Scottish Parliament and urged them to make Scotland’s future relations with the EU a key issue.
Our checklist summarises the main points of our manifesto:
Protect Scotland’s European interests – CHeckLIST
- an immigration policy adapted to Scotland’s specific needs
- recovery of our right to freedom of movement
- physical proof of settled status for EEA nationals living and working in Scotland.
- frictionless access to EU markets for the food and fishing sectors; ensure close alignment on animal welfare, environmental and food standards
- more direct transport links between Scotland and mainland Europe
- close co-operation with Europe to protect our shared marine resources
- strong educational and cultural links with the EU and participation in Erasmus+
- representation in EU Research Programme Committees
- keep NHS Scotland publicly-funded and rule out deregulation or privatisation
- ensure adequate supply of medication and treatments post-Brexit
- full partnership in managing the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which replaces EU funding
- tackle the climate emergency and ensure emissions targets are consistent with or higher than those of the EU
- stay closely aligned with EU on all environmental protection and clean energy policies
- stay closely aligned to EU human rights laws.
- adopt EU’s approach to privacy and transparency around use of personal data.
You can help
You can help raise awareness of European issues at stake!
Worried about a particular point on our checklist?
- Write to your local press to highlight the damage inflicted by Brexit and the need for improvement
- Contact your MSPs and urge them to keep us close to Europe.