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Welcome to The Scottish Centre on European Relations

March 22nd

Scottish and European Union Flags

A new, independent and unaligned Scottish EU think tank launched today. The Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER) aims to inform, debate, and provide up-to-the-minute, high-quality research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges. It will focus on pan-EU issues as well as having a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies.

SCER will provide in-depth, impartial research and analysis on Brexit – looking at EU27, UK and Scottish interests and debates. SCER will also carry out up-to-the minute policy research on a range of key European Union issues including the future of the EU at a time of multiple challenges; the migration and refugee crisis, and the EU’s turbulent neighbourhood.

Their website contains publications for download. At the moment the following 5 publications are available:

  • The European Union at 60: Strategic Renewal or Adrift Amidst Multiple Crises?
  • Brexit Talks Will Mean Hard Choices
  • Brexit and Indyref 2
  • Lessons from CETA for a UK-EU Deal
  • A Differentiated Approach for Scotland Makes Sense

EMiS chair, Vanessa Glynn commented, “EMiS welcomes this new intellectual resource for Scotland's European relations. As the UK Government opens Brexit negotiations, now more than ever Scotland needs rigorous and creative thinking focused on its future relationship with the European Union. The launch of the Scottish Centre on European Relations will provide an engine for political, social and cultural ideas, analysis and debate within Scotland and with partners in Europe and beyond.”

Kezia Dugdale joins our VPs

Kezia Dugdale

We are delighted to announce backing for our objective of ensuring a European future for Scotland from across the parties represented in the Scottish Parliament.

We are very pleased that Kezia Dugdale MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, has agreed to become a Vice President of the Movement. Taking up this role, Ms Dugdale, says "There is strong support here in Scotland, and across the UK, to secure the best Brexit deal to protect our economy, jobs and living standards. As we get closer to the triggering of Article 50, now is the time for those of us who support maintaining strong ties with Europe to fight for what we believe in."

We are honoured that, Michael Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, Willie Rennie MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, and Struan Stevenson, Former Conservative MEP, have also reconfirmed their commitment to the role of Vice-Presidents of the European Movement in Scotland; a position each of them has held since before the EU Referendum.

Our President, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, has welcomed this line-up of political support: "I am delighted to see this strong cross-party backing for the European Movement in Scotland and for a continuing European future for Scotland. Now is the time for all in Scotland who are concerned about the disastrous Brexit that the Prime Minister and her government is pursuing to work together and support the EU. We must each of us stand up for the values that have built a prosperous and peaceful Europe."

To find out more about Who's who in EMiS visit our About page.

Supreme Court Ruling

The European Movement in Scotland is very pleased that the Supreme Court made clear today that Parliament must decide on Brexit by a proper constitutional process through an Act of Parliament.

We call on MPs of all parties to do the patriotic thing and vote with their conscience and for what is right for the country, not for what might be expedient in terms of public opinion at this time.

It is disappointing that the Court did not endorse the view that the devolved legislatures should have a say in the outcome that affects the whole of these islands and the devolution settlements which are integral to our constitutional arrangements.

The European Movement in Scotland's commitment to the EU is unwavering and we will continue to make the case for a European future for Scotland.

Scotland's Place in Europe

24th January, 2017

We welcome the contribution of the Scottish Government to the debate set out in its publication, "Scotland's Place in Europe". (Downloadable here.) We note that it is the only administration within UK to have set out a plan post-Brexit. We are pleased that the eminent experts on the First Minister's Standing Council, after considerable analysis of the options, have reaffirmed that membership of the EU and its Single Market is the best course for Scotland and the wider UK.

Vanessa Glynn, Chair of EMiS commented, "We in EMiS attach particular importance to retaining freedom of movement and would see any limitations on this as an unacceptable sacrifice for our economy and society in Scotland. We shall be campaigning in 2017 to remain in the European Union, alongside the European Movement UK, which under its new chair Stephen Dorrell is also determined that Brexit shall not happen.

We look forward to working with all in Scotland and Europe who share our values and goals, including the Scottish Government and Scotland's parliamentarians in Edinburgh, Brussels and Westminster.

Submission to Holyrood EU Inquiry

The Scottish Parliament Committee investigating the implications for Scotland leaving the EU has extended its inquiry and today issued a call for views in order to get more evidence on the impact of the vote.

We have submitted our own document which you can download here.

See more about the call for evidence here.

Volunteers out in Stockbridge

Committee member David Clarke out street leafleting with other volunteers.

'Ming' urges the young to vote.

12th May 2016

Lord Campbell urged younger people to turn out and vote in order to protect their benefits, rights and future at our event in Edinburgh on 12th May.

He also urged older generations to think of the benefits of peace, prosperity and security they have enjoyed through EU membership and not to prevent a younger generation enjoying those same benefits.

"I say to my generation, you have benefitted from decades of peace, prosperity and security that are down to the existence of the European Union. Our younger people know this and have benefitted from the single market and the right to travel, study and work freely throughout the European Union.

"EU membership has also delivered jobs and investment into Scotland, with over 330,000 Scottish jobs linked with our exports to the EU, benefitting many of our young people.

"To our older people I say, think of your children and grandchildren when casting your vote, and what kind of world you want to bequeath to them. And to our younger people I say, register to vote and if you are away, register for a postal vote.

"This referendum could be decided on how many younger people turn out on 23rd June. Don’t let yourselves be robbed of the chance for peace and prosperity.

"A narrow Brexit vote in England combined with a majority in favour of remaining in Scotland could keep the UK in the EU. From now on, we will be working flat out to try to secure every possible vote in Scotland."

New campaign website

Our new campaign website is up at www.europebiggerpicture.uk.

We are registered

The European Movement (Scottish Council) has been added to the register of permitted participants in the EU referendum as of April 11th 2016.

"See the Bigger Picture" message from Ming Campbell.

The video is on Youtube.

Ming to lead Scottish Movement campaign to stay in the EU

Press release, March 5th, 2016.

Photo of Ming Campbell

Sir Menzies (“Ming”) Campbell has been appointed by the nation’s only dedicated pro-European campaigning organisation to lead the campaign in Scotland to keep the UK in the EU.

Now Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, the former MP for NE Fife, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson and Leader, will head the European Movement in Scotland’s campaign north of the border.

Under the branding of ‘Europe - The Big Picture, Vote Remain’, the campaign will aim to highlight the considerable benefits that Scotland in particular gains from membership of the EU in the run up to the June referendum.

This campaign will include a series of ‘town-hall’ style events, to be held throughout the country, bringing the positive messages of EU membership to the public, backed up by a media campaign.

Commenting on his appointment Lord Campbell said:

"Our message will be a simple one – every person in Scotland benefits from our membership of the EU. Whether it is climate change, energy security, organised crime and terrorism or international trade, decisions taken by the EU are more effective than the ones made by 28 individual states.

"While anti-EU campaigners can create a lot of noise they cannot hide the fact that there is a solid majority in Scotland in favour of our remaining in the EU, and it is this silent majority that we hope to mobilise to win this debate.

"The peace, stability and prosperity that the EU has brought to Scotland through our membership is to be absolutely cherished. Over the next few months we will be putting forward an unremitting and unashamedly positive case for our continued EU membership, ensuring that everyone can see the ‘big picture’ of the advantages our membership brings.”

Commenting of the appointment of Lord Campbell as head of the campaign Derek Hammersley, Chairman of the European Movement in Scotland commented:

"Ming is a statesman whose moderation and common sense are respected across the political divide and different generations. He will be a tremendous asset as we promote the positive case for our continued membership of the EU throughout the country.

"We will be bringing the message of peace, stability and prosperity that our membership has delivered to Scotland through a series of activities, including a range of ‘town hall’ meetings where people can hear the case for voting to remain in the EU.”

New campaign logo

Our new campaign logo: Europe see the bigger picture

We have go a new logo. It emphasises the word "The Big Picture" which fits in nicely with our positive message about all the good things that membership of the EU offers us, and it isn't just about the economy and migrants. It also used the word "Remain" as this is what will be on the ballot paper.

You will be seeing various versions of this on our Facebook and Twitter posts as well as on this website.

Our new campaign assistant

Our campaign assistant

Congratulations and welcome to Amrita, our new Campaign Assistant. Amrita started work at the beginning of March. We are very pleased to have her help. She's going to be very busy in the next months helping us with our Facebook, Twitter, graphics, sending emails and lots of other tasks related to our Remain Campaign!

 

Submission to Holyrood EU Inquiry

An inquiry into the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union is to be conducted by the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee.

The inquiry will look at the implications for Scotland of the proposed referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and the UK Government’s EU reform agenda.

The Committee will also take a close look at how the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Ministers are involved in discussions on both the referendum and reform negotiations.

The referendum will be the focus of the committee’s evidence sessions in November and December, whilst attention is expected to shift to the reform agenda in the New Year. MSPs will explore what possible reforms to the EU might mean to Scotland.

See our submission

As part of this inquiry, the Committee invited individuals and organisations to submit written evidence. We have submitted our own document which you can download here.

See more about the call for evidence here and view other submissions here.

TTIP Submission to Holyrood

The Scottish Parliament is currently considering the implications of TTIP for Scotland and requested submissions. You can see our report along with others on the Scottish Parliament website or download the pdf from this web site here.

Submission to Smith Commission

In February, the European Movement in Scotland submitted it's views on the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland: membership of the European Union.

Visit the Scottish Parliament website at to view it along with all the other submissions.

Our report to the Smith Commission can also be downloaded here.

Further Reading

(in no particular order)

 

Scotland in Europe logo

A list of further reading materials and information from Scotland in Europe.

 

InFacts logo

In Facts - a website dedicated to listing all the reasons the UK should stay in.

 

European Movement UK Logo

Visit the European Movement UK website for the latest news, information and opinion.

 

British Influence logo

Blogs from British Influence

 

Universities for Europe logo

Universities for Europe blog about the advantages of membership for universities and science.

 

New Europeans Logo

News and commentary from the New Europeans. Look out for Steve Peers articles.

 

europa logo

Myth busters. answers to those silly articles in the newspapers. No more straight bananas!

 

European Futures logo

European Futures from the University of Edinburgh.

 

Public Policy Southampton - Views on Europe

 

UK in a changing Europe logo

Blogs and opinion on Europe