Scottish minister: 'We want the UK to remain a strong member of the EU'
The Scottish Government firmly believes in the European Union and what it stands for. We have made clear we want the UK to remain a strong member of that important union.
We did not support a referendum on the UK’s EU membership, but we accept that is now inevitable.
The Scottish Government will undoubtedly approach that referendum in a positive and constructive manner. We will inform the debate by demonstrating the many benefits that EU membership brings to our businesses, our communities and our standing in the world. We will outline at every opportunity why continuing to be part of the EU is in Scotland’s – and the UK’s – best interests. The UK’s continued membership would also be in Ireland’s best interests.