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Holyrood overwhelmingly votes to remain in European Union

Published: 26 May 2016 17:27
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The Scottish Government has today welcomed the consensus reached by the Scottish Parliament that voted by 106 to 8 to back the campaign for Scotland and the UK to remain part of the EU.

The outcome reaffirmed a commitment across the chamber to ensure the EU focuses on what matters to the people of Scotland.

The Scottish Government is making a positive case for allowing the people of Scotland freedom to live, study and work across the 28 member states.

Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:

"The EU is founded on the principles of solidarity and mutual support. It is much more than a simple trade association. It is based on the principles of strengthening peace, security, justice and prosperity for all.

"Our place in the EU has guarantees workers in Scotland employment rights such as maternity leave, and has helped our businesses to innovate, grow and flourish.

"For Scottish businesses, it's an opportunity to operate within the world's largest trading area of 500 million consumers. 42% of Scotland's international exports, worth around £11.6 billion in 2014, are destined for the EU.

"Migration from the EU also benefits the communities, businesses and people of Scotland helping meet crucial skills gaps in Scotland's economy. In my own portfolio, the tourism industry needs access to European workers.

"What today's debate demonstrated is that there are a huge number of benefits to EU's membership. As the referendum campaign enters its final weeks, it is important to ensure that voters are presented with reassured and rational arguments about our future relationship with the EU."

Notes to editors

Further information about the Scottish Government's case for remaining in the EU is available at: http://www.gov.scot/EU