A group of 50, largely low profile, politicians from across Europe signed a letter stating that Scotland would be “most welcome” as full EU member after “a small majority” voted for Brexit.
The cross-party group includes parliamentarians from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Greece, Hungary and Malta.
The SNP have repeatedly demanded another referendum be held on Scottish independence
We recognise that this was not your choice however and that Scotland voted strongly to remain within the EU
The letter states: “Democracy and mutual respect are at the heart of the European project and so, whilst we are saddened by the vote of a small majority for the United Kingdom to leave the EU, we respect this as a democratic decision of UK citizens.
“We recognise that this was not your choice however and that Scotland voted strongly to remain within the EU. The question of Scotland’s constitutional future, and your relationships with the UK and the EU are for the people of Scotland to decide.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
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British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
“It is not our place to tell Scotland what path you should take.”
The letter was an initiative of Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer and German Green MEP Terry Reintke.
The letter continues: “We regret that the UK’s Government has chosen to follow the path of a ‘hard Brexit’ and has so far refused to properly take into account the preferences of Scottish citizens in the withdrawal process.
“Therefore, if Scotland were to become an independent country and decided to seek to maintain European Union membership, we offer our full support to ensure the transition is as swift, smooth, and orderly as possible.
“Scotland would be most welcome as a full member of the European Union, with your five million European citizens continuing to benefit from the rights and protections we all currently enjoy.”
MSPs at Holyrood voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a second independence referendum but Theresa May has insisted “now is not the time” as the UK enters two years of Brexit negotiations.
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Sturgeon has made a career from her demand that Scotland be handed independence
Mr Greer said: “With continuing uncertainty and an absolute lack of any clear plan from the UK Government, what’s becoming clear is that there is a tremendous amount of goodwill from across the continent towards Scotland’s European aspirations.
“The only thing standing in Scotland’s way to forging links with Europe is the Westminster Government. Our parliament has voted to give the people a choice over their own future and no Tory government at Westminster should stand in the way of that.”
MSPs voted in favour of seeking permission for another independence referendum
Salmond told the Andrew Marr Show there had been a “sea change” in attitudes towards Scotland throughout Europe following its 62 per cent remain vote in the EU referendum.
He added: “The Theresa May line – this is not the time, or now is not the time – is not going to stand.”