Clegg urges Scots to make the case for Remain as campaign enters final week

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP will today say that Scotland could make a crucial difference to the referendum vote as he urged Remain voters to make their voices heard in the final week of the campaign.

Speaking before a public meeting in Edinburgh, the former Liberal Democrat leader said Scotland has the opportunity to lead the debate over the last week of the campaign.

Commenting, Mr Clegg said:

“This referendum is too important to be reduced to a squabble between a handful of Conservatives who went to school together. The outcome will make a huge difference to the lives of millions of people across Scotland and the United Kingdom, and especially to young people who will have to live with the consequences for decades to come.

“I care what the referendum means for the workers in industries like Scotch whisky which export to the EU and support tens of thousands of jobs across the country. I care what it means for our place in the world and our relationships with our friends and neighbours. I care what it means for our work to tackle climate change. On each of these counts a leave vote will diminish us as a country.“Scotland has a proud internationalist tradition. Just as I believe that the UK should be a leader in the EU, I think Scotland has an opportunity to lead the referendum debate within the UK over the final week of the campaign.

“This is a UK-wide referendum and a Remain vote in Edinburgh or Glasgow is worth every bit as much as vote in Hampshire or in my constituency in Sheffield. This is shaping up to be a knife-edge result and Scotland can make the difference. I urge every Scot who wants us to lead in the EU to make the case for Europe over the next seven days and get out and vote next week."

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