Scotland will vote to rejoin EU: but how?

Almost half of UK voters want a second EU referendum within ten years; Scots would now vote in it 75% or so for Rejoin. But how do we make that a reality? Whether as an independent state or part of the UK? Our latest webinar, featuring the SNP’s Stephen Gethins and the pro-Union Eddie Barnes in conversation, reached a surprising consensus: it will be a long and hard process (“for the next political generation” said Eddie).

Stephen, on the EMiS executive, wants progress made on critical pre-accession issues such as regulatory divergence and borders and, not least, institution building – creating a central bank and agreeing on a currency plus building a full diplomatic service. Eddie, campaigns director at Our Scottish Future, favours a gradualist approach based on improving EU-UK relations – and an eventual association agreement. Stephen too wants incrementalist steps immediately (Horizon/Erasmus) as “in the interests of the UK.”

Both cannot imagine the UK/Scotland as alone outside an EU of, say, 35-38 members. “The logic is for Britain to be in the EU: a significant nation within the European family of nations. Gravity will come into play” (Eddie). “How can Scotland thrive outside the EU?! Every new country that joined the EU got wealthier while Scotland post-Brexit has got poorer” (Stephen). Watch it all here.

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Upcoming Events

  • The Star in Edinburgh

    30 November 2023, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    The Star will end its trek in Edinburgh, firstly making a stop at the Scottish ...

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Podcasts and Videos

European Conversations

The short and winding road to a Scottish currency

European Conversations
European Conversations
The short and winding road to a Scottish currency

In this European Conversations podcast, Kirsty Hughes talks to Dr Iain Hardie about currency and independence and asks him about whether an independent Scotland should or could keep the pound… Read More »

More episodes here.

Webinars and Livestreams

Posted on 30/10/2023
Glasgow Loves EU are talking to Peter Foster Financial Times public policy editor and author of  “What went wrong with Brexit and What can we do …

Posted on 17/08/2023
Fife4Europe were joined by North East Fife MP, Wendy Chamberlain at their monthly meeting on 17th August 2023. Wendy shared her thoughts on …

More livestreams and webinars here.

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