Scottish and European: Scottish Civil Society Statement on Brexit Day

Scottish civil society 67 signatories| 31 January 2020

© 2019 SCER

We, the undersigned, today reaffirm and celebrate our Europeanness. We are proud to be Scottish and European and proud that Scotland is, and always will be, a European country.

We profoundly regret, and continue to oppose, the damaging UK process of leaving the EU. We remain citizens of the EU in our hearts.

We hope and believe that Scotland will both keep and strengthen its European networks, links and partnerships from today on – and will stay as close to the EU as possible. We look forward to the day when Scotland will once again be within the European Union; we hope that will be sooner rather than later.

We continue to support and welcome all those from the EU and beyond who have made Scotland their home. And we offer our solidarity to all Scottish citizens living across the EU 27 states. We look forward to continuing to enjoy and develop our friendships, partnerships and contacts with our fellow Europeans across the EU. And we will support the EU, in these challenging global times, as it endeavours to be a beacon of peace, stability and democracy.


Alison Arrowsmith, on behalf of Banff & Buchan Against Brexit

Neal Ascherson, Writer and Journalist

Dee Barnfield, on behalf of Glasgow Loves EU

Derek Blyth, Editor and Author, Brussels

Gill Bird, on behalf of Highlands4EU 

Andrew Bolger, former Scotland Correspondent, Financial Times

Steve Bullock, ex-UK Diplomat, Commentator, Musician

Professor Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde

The Rt. Hon Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE PC QC 

David Clarke, European Movement in Scotland

John Clifford, former Hon Consul Austria, member of General Council, University of Edinburgh

Calum Colvin, Artist

Brian Cox, Actor

Scott Crosby, Avocat and Barrister, Brussels

Elaine Cruikshanks, founding partner, Acumen Public Affairs, Brussels

Prof. Trevor Davies, Artist, former Edinburgh councillor and Glasgow University honorary professor

Prof. Richard Demarco CBE, Artist

Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine, University of Edinburgh

Dr Richard Dixon, Director, Friends of the Earth Scotland

David Eiser, Economist, Head of Fiscal Analysis at Fraser of Allander Institute, Strathclyde University

Ian Forrester, former Judge, Court of Justice of the European Union

Alasdair Geater, retired Scots lawyer specialising in EU law, Brussels

Vanessa Glynn, former Chair, European Movement in Scotland 

David Gow, Editor, former European Business Editor, the Guardian

Christopher Harvie, Author and Professor of British and Irish Studies

Cathy Henderson, on behalf of Moray for Europe.

David Hood, Director, Edinburgh Institute

Dr Kirsty Hughes, Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations

Prof. Walter Humes, Professor Emeritus of Education, Stirling University

Pat Kane, Writer, Musician, Activist

Jackie Kemp, Writer and journalist

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard

Jay Lafferty, Comic & Broadcaster

Mark Lazarowicz, former MP (Labour) for Edinburgh North

Victoria Lee, Convener, Stirling4Europe

David Leigh, Journalist, Writer and former Professor of Investigative Journalism, City University

Gavin MacDougal, Publisher

Colin Mackay, Managing Director, Brussels Writing Bureau

Jeannie Mackie, Barrister

Alistair Maclean, Translator and Editor, Brussels

Keir McAllister, Writer

Rt Hon Henry McLeish, former First Minister

Dame Mariot Leslie, former diplomat

Maggie Mellon, Independent Social Work Consultant

Tony O’Donnell, former EU official

Lesley O’Donnell, former European NGO director

 Andrew Ormston, Director of Drew Wylie Projects, and lecturer at Queen Margaret University

Alex Orr, Policy Adviser, European Movement in Scotland

Jeremy Peat, Economist, Journalist and Visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde

Ray Perman, Journalist, Author, former Director, David Hume Institute

David Pratt, Journalist and Photographer

Kevin Pringle, former SNP Communications Director

John Purvis, Convener, Fife4Europe

Susannah Rae, on behalf of Perth for Europe

Tony Robinson, former European Parliament spokesman, Brussels/Leith

Bill Rodger, Treasurer, European Movement in Scotland

David Roulston, Convenor, South West Scotland for Europe

Jane Critchley Salmonson

Prof. Jo Shaw, Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

Peter Sellar, EU lawyer

Prof. Michael E. Smith, Dept of Politics & International Relations, University of Aberdeen

Prof. Chris Smout, Historiographer Royal of Scotland and Emeritus Professor, University of St Andrews

Paul Sneddon a.k.a. Vladimir McTavish, Comedian and Columnist

Sir Graham Watson, Leader, Liberal Group, European Parliament 2002-09 and President, European Liberal Party, 2011-15.

Rory Watson, Brussels-based journalist and former London Editor The Scotsman

Morag Williamson, on behalf of Edinburgh4Europe

Fay Young, Co-Editor,


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