The UK has left the EU, and we are beginning to see the highly detrimental impact of Brexit on our lives in Scotland. How can Scotland ensure its future prosperity and the wellbeing of its people? What should our relationship with Europe look like?
Our manifesto makes a series of recommendations for the protection of Scotland’s European interests.
Our Manifesto in full
Agriculture, Food Standards, Animal Welfare
Regulatory alignment with the EU to allow smooth access to EU markets, and to minimise barriers.
Targeted immigration measures to address labour shortages.
High animal welfare, environmental and food standards.
Full transparency on “Shared Prosperity Fund”.
Recognise EU as an international, democratic and human rights beacon.
Continued membership of European Convention on Human Rights
Stay as closely aligned to EU human rights law as possible.
Adopt EU’s approach to privacy and transparency.
Stay aligned to the EU’s digital strategy approach.
Access to EU databases and networks for security and justice.
Continued participation in Erasmus+.
Facilitate cross-cultural exchange and effective modern language teaching.
Show commitment to tackling climate change and push for updated emission targets at COP26.
Stay aligned with EU’s renewable energy target.
Influence EU’s environmental policy.
Ensure policing of all fishing activity in the Scottish 200-mile-zone.
Co-operation with other European countries to protect and manage marine resources.
Reduce barriers to trade.
Freedom of Movement & Immigration
Recognise Scottish voters’ wish to retain Freedom of Movement.
Minimise impact of Brexit on tourism.
Devolve immigration powers or recognise Scotland’s specific immigration needs.
Support physical proof of settled status for EEA citizens.
Maintain strongest possible cultural, trade and transport links to EU
Immigration system based on demand and free from visa issues.
Work closely with European Medicines Agency.
Ensure adequate supply of medication and radioisotopes.
Protect NHS from deregulation or from being sold off to private healthcare providers.
Demand rapid implementation of Protocol on participation in EU Programmes to ensure full participation in the Horizon Europe Programme is possible.
Ensure UK Government takes account of Scottish interests when participating in EU research Programme Committees.
Fast-track access to visas for EU and UK researchers.
Trade & Economy
Minimise disruption from post-Brexit trading systems.
Address impact of VAT and customs charges on imports and exports.
Review Scottish transport links and distribution hubs, and consider need for further investment.
Use all possible means to rebuild Scottish economy in wake of Covid pandemic.