Friday, 27 May 2016
Fiona Hyslop leads Holyrood debate with 106:8 MSPs voting in favour of Remaining in the EU
Fiona Hyslop MSP in her role as Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs in the Scottish Government led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 25th May on a Government motion in support of Scotland and the rest of the UK remaining part of the EU which was won by 106 to 8.
The outcome reaffirmed a commitment across the chamber to ensure the EU focuses on what matters to the people of Scotland.
“I am pleased that an overwhelming majority of MSPs voted in favour of remaining within the EU and that the Leaders of all parties elected in May support the remain position. The EU protects workers rights, maternity rights, the right not to be discriminated against, freedom to live, study, work trade or travel and has given us access to the single market of 500 million people.
“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.
“The EU is not perfect, but it is a remarkable achievement. Over six decades it has secured co-operation over conflict. It has pursued a shared sense of collaboration, exchange and purposeful endeavour to work in concert to advance the interests not just of our own population but of the world. It is on that positive basis that the Scottish Government’s view is that Scotland and the rest of the UK should remain in the EU.”
To read Fiona’s speech in full click here.
*S5M-00190 Fiona Hyslop: Scotland’s Future in the European Union—That the Parliament supports