Scotland’s no deal PANIC: Anti-Brexit campaign launched to try to tie Edinburgh to bloc

Scotland’s no deal PANIC: Anti-Brexit campaign launched to try to tie Edinburgh to bloc

The eu+me campaign is chaired by former North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins and the campaign’s director is the SNP’s former head of communications, Fergus Mutch. Mr Mutch said the campaign will be a “grassroots-led force for positive change” at a crucial moment in Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

The poll, undertaken by Survation revealed that 65 percent of Scots regret the Brexit result while 62 percent of Scots would want to rejoin the EU.

Meanwhile, the other 38 percent would opt to stay out of the EU, excluding those who answered: “don’t know”.

More than a third (35.7 percent) of the 1,127 Scots surveyed between June 10th and 16th believe the economic impact of coronavirus would have been reduced if the UK remained in the EU.

Following the result, Mr Mutch told Express.co.uk: “We have support from all politicians but we don’t have a Tory member on the board.

“There’s a very real risk that in just over five months time we crash out of the transition period with no deal and irreparably damage the relationships that have maintained peace and prosperity across Europe for over 60 years.”

Mr Mutch stressed that he didn’t have the confidence there would be a deal adding that no deal was the most likely option to occur.

He added: “The UK government has ignored quite a lot of the implications for Scotland and the devolved nations when it comes to Brexit.

“Scotland, however, has done very well for the past few years to give a sense that EU citizens living here are welcome to stay, they make a valuable contribution to communities and workplaces.

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Adding of Scotland’s chances of being able to join the EU if it gains independence, Mr Mutch said: “We stand a very good chance of re-accession to the EU in a fairly reasonable timeframe.

“I suppose the danger is the harder the drop off the cliff-edge at the end of this year, the steeper it is to scale back up.”

Mr Mutch unsuccessfully stood against Conservative MP Andrew Bowie in the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency in December’s general election.

Published at Tue, 21 Jul 2020 23:01:00 +0000