Sun 9 Apr, 2017

We want to send a strong, cross-party, cross-national message that the the door to a common European future remains open. German MEP Terry Reintke

50 politicians from across Europe have responded to Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 by signing a letter claiming that an independent Scotland will be “most welcome as a full member of the European Union”. 

The letter, an initiative of Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer and German Green MEP Terry Reintke, is addressed to Holyrood and signed by parties from across the political spectrum from the EU Parliament, national and regional parliaments, assemblies and senates. It also gives a commitment to assist an independent Scotland with a “swift, smooth, and orderly” application for European Union membership.

Last month Green MSPs voted for Scotland to have its say over the Tories’ Hard Brexit, giving the Scottish Government a mandate to seek permission from the UK government to hold an independence referendum. 

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ external affairs spokesperson, said:

“With continuing uncertainty and an absolute lack of any clear plan from the UK government, what’s becoming clear is that there is a tremendous amount of goodwill from across the continent towards Scotland’s European aspirations. People in Scotland were told to vote against independence if they wanted to stay in the EU and now we know how wrong that was. Independence is the only way to secure a European future for Scotland.

“Furthermore, we were told that Spain would block an independent Scotland’s bid for EU membership and that we’d face being placed at the back of a mythical queue. Now we know that those No campaign arguments are not true. The only thing standing in Scotland’s way to forging links with Europe is the Westminster government. Our parliament has voted to give the people a choice over their own future and no Tory government at Westminster should stand in the way of that.”

German MEP Terry Reintke said:

“The inflammatory language we have witnessed, just one week after the official triggering of Article 50, is shocking and incredibly sad. Now should be the time to seek common ground, not stir up hatred and division. The question of Scotland’s constitutional future and its relationship with the EU is for the people in Scotland to decide. Irrespective of what they choose to do, we want to send a strong, cross-party, cross-national message that the the door to a common European future remains open.”


Text of the letter:


Dear Presiding Officer,
Dear Members of the Scottish Parliament,

As elected representatives from across the European Union we have been heartened by your support for a Europe which is united in pursuit of progress and not divided by fear and self-interest. Democracy and mutual respect are at the heart of the European project and so, whilst we are saddened by the vote of a small majority for the United Kingdom to leave the EU, we respect this as a democratic decision of UK citizens.


We recognise that this was not your choice however and that Scotland voted strongly to remain within the EU. The question of Scotland’s constitutional future, and your relationships with the UK and the EU are for the people of Scotland to decide. It is not our place to tell Scotland what path you should take. 


We regret that the UK's government has chosen to follow the path of a 'hard Brexit' and has so far refused to properly take into account the preferences of Scottish citizens in the withdrawal process. Therefore, if Scotland were to become an independent country and decided to seek to maintain European Union membership, we offer our full support to ensure the transition is as swift, smooth, and orderly as possible. Scotland would be most welcome as a full member of the European Union, with your five million European citizens continuing to benefit from the rights and protections we all currently enjoy.



Yours sincerely,



Meyrem Almaci                       
Chamber of Representatives, Belgian Parliament


Rasmus Andresen                  
Regional Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein          


Margrete Auken                      
European Parliament     


Danielle Auroi             
National Assembly, French Parliament


Annalena Baerbock                
German Parliament       



Reinhard Bütikofer                 
European Parliament     



Miriam Dalli                
European Parliament     



Jakop Dalunde                        
European Parliament     



Bruno De Lille             
Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region



Petra De Sutter                       
Senate, Belgian Parliament


Giorgos Dimaras

Greek Parliament



Pascal Durand            
European Parliament

Bas Eickhout               
European Parliament

Stefan Engstfeld                     
Regional Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia   



Tanja Fajon                
European Parliament

Fredrick Federley

European Parliament



André Gattolin                        
Senate, French Parliament         

Silke Gebel

Regional Parliament of Berlin     



Stefan Gelbhaar                     
Regional Parliament of Berlin


Ana Maria Gomes                   
European Parliament

Heidi Hautala              
European Parliament

Madeleine Henfling                
Regional Parliament of Thringia 





Benedek Jávor
European Parliament



Josu Juaristi Abaunz              
European Parliament



Ska Keller 
European Parliament



Philippe Lamberts                  
European Parliament



Stefan Liebich             
German Parliament



Juan López de Uralde            
Chamber of Deputies, Spanish Parliament


Florent Marcellesi                  
European Parliament

María Rosa Martínez Rodríguez

Chamber of Deputies, Spanish Parliament



Sigrid Maurer             
National Council, Austrian Parliament


Barbara Matera
European Parliament



Péter Niedermüller                 
European Parliament



Grace O’Sullivan                     
Seanad Éireann (Oireachtas)


Julia Reda                   
European Parliament     


Terry Reintke              
European Parliament



Bronis Ropė                
European Parliament     


Eamon Ryan               
Dáil Éireann (Oireachtas)



Manuel Sarrazin                     
German Parliament

Ulle Schauws              
German Parliament       


Anja Schillhaneck                   
Regional Parliament of Berlin

Barbara Spinelli                      
European Parliament      


Bart Staes                   
European Parliament

Wolfgang Strengmann-Kuhn              
German Parliament



Indrek Tarand           

European Parliament     


Yannis Tsironis

Greek Parliament



Claude Turmes                       
European Parliament


Sebastian Walter                    
Regional Parliament of Berlin     



Tomáš Zdechovský                 
European Parliament



Joachim Zeller                        
European Parliament     




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