Regaining the Benefits of EU Membership
Independence is the only realistic route for Scotland to regain the benefits of EU membership, according to a new paper published by External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson.
The seventh paper in the Building a New Scotland series, sets out the benefits for people and businesses that would occur from Scotland having direct representation in the European Union for the first time.
- being part of the world’s largest single market, with reduced barriers to trade, free flows of data and less bureaucracy
- open access to a larger labour market with no restrictions on employing EU citizens to work in Scotland, sustaining businesses, universities, communities and public services
- the EU’s network of highly favourable international free trade agreements and EU-level representation on market access issues and food production standards in international negotiations and disputes and the opportunity to influence future EU regulatory requirements and standards
- a level playing field to access the EU’s digital economy, including through Scotland’s expertise in games and software development, Artificial Intelligence (AI), data science and connectivity
- the Erasmus+ exchange programme, giving future students the same opportunities as previous generations to work and study abroad
- multi-year funding security for Scotland’s farming and rural businesses through the Common Agricultural Policy
- EU law enforcement tools, to help police and prosecutors fight cross-border crime and threats more effectively
The paper also highlights what Scotland could contribute to the EU as a member state with its strengths in renewable energy, research and innovation, and shared values such as respect for human rights and international law.
The full paper can be accessed via the link below: