Scotland and the UK ‘stronger together’

Written by Catherine Stihler on 25 April 2014 in Feature
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The UK and Scotland benefit from ‘shared risks’, says Catherine Stihler.

Being part of the UK, together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland but with our own Scottish parliament gives us the best of both worlds.

This allows us a distinct Scottish voice on Scottish issues and to be backed up by being one of the EU’s largest member states. Like the generations that have come before us, we must confront the challenges we face and rise to them.

 Of course there can be improvements made to our relationships with the rest of the UK and the EU, but I feel we are best placed to do this by working together and not breaking apart. I don’t believe Scotland’s future is best served by independence.

As part of the UK, we have worked together with our sister parties in all 28 member states on issues such as workers’ rights, banking reform, equality and consumer rights.

"Every reason the Scottish National Party give to stay in the EU is a reason for us to stay in the UK. As part of the UK we support each other and share any risks"

We also benefit from the rebate and have retained the pound. When I wear my ‘Better together’ badge in the European parliament, many people think it is about keeping the UK in the EU rather than Scotland in the UK.

Yet every reason the Scottish National Party give to stay in the EU is a reason for us to stay in the UK. As part of the UK we support each other and share any risks.

s future offers a coherent vision for how or why an independent Scotland would be better off. Scotland and the UK are stronger together.

About the author

Catherine Stihler is a Scottish Labour member of the European parliament

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