Friday, 27 May 2016 06:07

SNP back EU as “Best for jobs and workers rights”

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The SNP has backed Scotland’s place in Europe as “best for jobs and workers’ rights” in a Holyrood debate that demonstrated the strength of cross-party opposition to leaving the EU.

The SNP has repeatedly argued that the Remain campaign should put forward a positive, progressive pro-EU case that focused on the benefits to our economy, social and employment rights, and the ability to work with others to tackle global issues such as climate change and the refugee crisis.
Benefits of EU membership to Scotland include:

  • Access to the world’s largest Single Market – a key reason why Scotland continues to benefit from increased inward investment, with Scotland second only to London in the UK for foreign investment.
    Hard fought social protections such as employment rights, maternity and paternity leave and the right not to be discriminated against on the basis of gender, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation or on the basis of race or ethnicity.

If Scotland was to leave the EU, these hard fought for protections could be lost – with power over them in the hands of the Tories at Westminster.

  • EU membership means we are able to move freely throughout the EU to live, work and study – with Scots able to train and study in any EU country under the same conditions as that country's nationals.
    Access to state healthcare on the same basis as residents of any EU country they are visiting if Scots are injured or become ill abroad.
    Protected Status for Scottish products such as whisky, Harris Tweed and smoked salmon and vital funding to Scotland’s farmers and rural communities.

Commenting, Christina McKelvie MSP said:
“Scotland’s membership of the EU offers many benefits – with access to the Single Market good for jobs and investment, and the EU delivering employment rights, parental leave and protection against discrimination.
“And EU membership allows us to work across borders to tackle the great challenges of our age, from climate change to the refugee crisis.
“Today’s debate demonstrated the extent of cross-party support for Scotland’s place in Europe that exists in Holyrood, just as polls consistently show strong public support for Remain.
“The EU isn’t perfect, but the positive, progressive case for the benefits is overwhelming – and the SNP will do all we can to make the case for Scotland and the UK to remain.”