Stirling representatives, Bruce Crawford MSP and Steven Paterson MP held a public meeting on Friday evening (25th November) to discuss the future relationship Scotland will have with Europe and with the rest of the UK. The meeting took place in the Clanranald Trust HQ in Callander.
The meeting formed part of the National Survey – the biggest listening exercise of its kind – to give members of the public a chance to voice their opinion on Scotland’s future after the UK vote to leave the European Union despite Scotland voting overwhelmingly to remain.
At the last count, over 1.7 million people across Scotland has responded to the survey. With the final deadline being St Andrew’s Day (Wednesday 30thNovember), members of the public are urged to make their views known by visiting www.survey2016.scot.
A broad range of people – younger and older generations, EU migrants, business owners, pensioners – attended the event to join in on the discussion.
Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:
“It is important that Steven Paterson and I, along with colleagues across Scotland, have opened up this conversation. The political landscape of the UK now is unrecognisably different from the one that Scots voted to stay part of in 2014. No longer can it be argued that our place in the United Kingdom will protect our place in the European Union – as was claimed ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum.
“Making the right decisions for Scotland involves everyone having a say and sharing their thoughts and I am grateful for all who came along to do just that on a rather cold Friday evening.”
Steven Paterson added:
“67.7% of my constituents who took part in the EU Referendum voted to Remain in the European Union – an overwhelming majority and it is vital that we do all we can to protect Scotland’s place in Europe. Theresa May’s ‘Brexit means Brexit’ chant is simply not good enough and Scotland being dragged out of the many benefits that our EU membership brings to us would be unforgivable when we voted so strongly to stay.
“However, over 30% of those who voted in the Stirling area wanted to leave the EU and this makes our consultation exercise all the more important. I would urge everyone, no matter how you have voted before or which side of the debate you feel you are on now to go online and fill out the survey – it just takes two minutes.”