EU Referendum Statement

28th June 2016

“The SNP led a positive campaign resulting in a clean sweep where North Lanarkshire and every part of Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union.

“Scotland voted to remain a member of the European community with 62% of the vote compared to just 48% across the UK as a whole.

“We have shown ourselves to be a modern, outward-looking and inclusive country that sees its future cooperating with our neighbours in the European Union on which our economy relies.  Scotland has always had strong trade links with Europe and we need to secure these links going forward.

“However, we cannot escape the fact that Scotland could be dragged from the EU against its democratic will. This is unacceptable, especially when we were promised during the 2014 referendum that Scotland’s EU membership would be secure by staying in the UK.

“All avenues must be explored to continue Scotland’s EU membership which has benefited our economy and society greatly.

“A significant and material change in circumstances has occurred. Therefore, an independence referendum is now an option that the Scottish people may have to consider once all other options have been exhausted.

“The SNP and the Scottish Government will do all we can to stand up for Scotland’s interests – economically, politically and socially – and ensure that we remain an active member of the European Union.

“Here at Westminster I will be working hard with SNP colleagues to make sure that Scotland’s voice is heard.”

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