Rennie: Scottish party leaders must stand together on EU vote

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today called on the leaders of the other Scottish political parties to join with him to drive forward a positive and constructive campaign for the UK to remain in the European Union.

At the weekend the Prime Minister announced that the referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU will take place on Thursday 23 June this year.

With Liberal Democrats across the country already united behind remaining in the EU, Mr Rennie has now said the leaders of the SNP, Scottish Labour and Scottish Conservatives should stand with him on a joint platform and promote a positive campaign in the run-up to the referendum.

Mr Rennie said: “The European Union is one of the greatest creations in modern history. It is not perfect but it has brought peace to a continent torn apart by two world wars. It has brought together nations in the face of terror. And it has built a strong union allowing free trade and free movement.

“Now that we have a date Liberal Democrats have started the campaign to keep the UK in the EU in earnest. And today I’m calling on Nicola Sturgeon, Kezia Dugdale and Ruth Davidson to stand with us.

“We need to come together at an event soon to sign a joint statement for Europe.

“The Scottish and wider British public deserve clear and honest discussion about the referendum so they can come to their own conclusions. To do that the country’s political leaders need to sign up to an open and positive campaign to show our commitment to remaining in the EU and I hope they will join me in standing together to make sure that happens.” 

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