What We Stand For
Our goal is membership of the European Union. We campaign to promote the European Union and Scotland’s fullest possible participation now and for the future.
The European Union is as relevant to Scotland today as ever. In these turbulent times, with little or no certainty about future prospects, the role of the European Movement in Scotland is to keep the flame of Europe burning bright in Scottish polity and public opinion. We assert Scotland’s deep-rooted European identity, campaigning for the closest alignment with EU values and policies, whatever the constitutional and political context.
- We are European – by geography, history, language and culture we are part of Europe. We welcome and support EU citizens who have chosen to be here – we are all Scottish and European. What happens in the EU affects Scotland. EMiS works to help shape the policies that the EU pursues, as well as those that the UK and Scottish governments develop in relation to Europe. We campaign to ensure Scotland is present in EU thinking.
- European Union Values – peace, democracy, rule of law, human rights, equality, sustainability and solidarity are enshrined in the EU treaties. These values are relevant to all our lives, in or out of the EU. EMiS champions them.
- Benefits of Membership, being a member of the European Union is better than any alternative trade and geopolitical option. The full benefit comes through full EU membership, but many advantages are available, meantime, from close alignment. EMiS works to ensure Scotland keeps uppermost in mind the advantages of closest possible alignment now and the full benefits of future membership.
- The EU offers a dynamic vision for our future. The EU is constantly evolving. As Europe works together to deliver the Next Generation EU post-pandemic recovery plan, EMiS offers a forum where we join in the debate – learning and contributing – while we work our way forward to membership.
Do you need a speaker for your club, organisation, school, groups etc.?
We have speakers whose backgrounds range from the academic to the political, and will speak on and debate all aspects of European issues, for example, the UK’s place in the EU, immigration, fiscal and monetary policy, the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU Treaties, the Constitutional Treaty, the future of Europe, and so on.
The Rt Hon. the Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE QC
Sarah Boyack MSP,
Patrick Harvie MSP,
Willie Rennie MSP,
Michael Russell MSP,
Struan Stevenson former MEP
Dr Winnie Ewing,
Baron McConnell of Glenscorrodale,
Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG, QC,
Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness PC QC
Advocate, fmr Labour MP,
founder Citizens Rights Project
CFA, Founder Scottish-Irish Finance Initiative
Runs a virtual assistant business. Model European Union participant
Former Manager at British Gas
University student (Philosophy, Politics, Economics) Fife4Europe
Brand, packaging designer,
strategic comms consultant
Stuart Baillie Strong
Former IT consultant,
former chemical company manager
Fmr EMiS Chair,
formerly Scottish Govt, FCO
Former Civil Servant, Scottish Office,
Secretariat Official in EU Council of Ministers, Brussels
ex-editor Social Europe
Former ScotGov Head of Fisheries,
UK Govt and EU Commission official
Former Director Asia/Pacific and MD
German multinational container shipping company
Former civil servant
with DFID and FCO
GP and mum.
Iain G. Mitchell
QC, Advocate and barrister,
active in CCBE,
former Hon Secretary, SCUA
former Conservative MEP
Background in hydrology and environmental regulation
Retired teacher. Scottish rep, European Fed of Psychology Teachers’ Assocns
Professor European Politics