Scotland marches for Europe this afternoon

At 4pm today, a march organised by the Scottish Young European Movement will take place in Edinburgh.

Liberal Democrats will be there – I’m picking up the placards and leaflets to hand out in a while. You can tell how much I love this cause as I’m having to give up watching both the British Grand Prix at Silverstone AND Andy Murray in the final at Wimbledon to go.

We are meeting at the Floral Clock at the entrance to Princes Street Gardens near the National Gallery of Scotland at 3:30 – and for those who want to watch at least some of the tennis, some of us are heading to the Haymarket pub from 1:45 to cheer Andy on for an hour or so.

Speakers at the rally include John Edward, who ran the Scotland Stronger in Europe campaign and our new MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton.

We know that Alex can deliver a cracker of a speech on the subject – his debut speech to Parliament was in the EU debate.

It is a measure of the success of the European project that I am only the second generation in the recorded history of my entire family to never have to contemplate taking up arms against our nearest European neighbours. It is a comfort that I would extend to my three children, Finn, Kit and Darcy, and to theirs to come. It is from the shared desire for a continued and lasting peace that the originating treaties of the European Union emerged. First, there was the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, so that no country could ever again build a war machine, and then there was the treaty of Rome, which led to a single market in which the free movement of goods, people, capital and services has come to represent the most important charter for freedom that the world has ever seen. It is a solidarity of nations that has become a family.

The Brexiteers such as Margaret Mitchell and her colleagues paint a very nice picture of what it would be to reclaim all our sovereignty, but it is a doctrine of isolationism, pure and simple. I put it to you, Presiding Officer, that in this increasingly globalised world, human traffickers will never recognise that isolation. Climate change will not recognise it, and neither will terrorists. If we were to leave, we would be a tiny archipelago of islands adrift in a sea of economic uncertainty. That is why those on the Liberal Democrat benches are so proudly and full-throatedly backing the remain campaign.

If you’re in or near Edinburgh, do come and join us.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Leave The EU 10th Jul '16 - 1:20pm

    With respect, the EU is not “Europe” – for example Iceland is in Europe and no in the EU.

  • Sorry, watching Andy Murray… as is the rest of Scotland.

  • James Hicklin 10th Jul '16 - 5:39pm

    Good sense of priorities, David. Picking this Sunday for a demo when Murray’s at Wimbledon, the Grand Prix is at Silverstone and the Euro Final is tonight shows just how in touch the organisers are with The People. Still, it’ll be a great afternoon out for those that find speeches about the EU more attractive than international sporting events. Just think what we missed.

  • Richard Underhill 10th Jul '16 - 5:54pm

    Andy Murray beat the guy who beat Roger Federer. Roger Federer is one of the two best (tennis) players the world has ever seen, according to Andy Murray.
    We should not forget that Andy Murray won a gold medal in the singles at the London Olympics and a silver medal in the mixed doubles. He was a key member of the successful Davis Cup team and must soon decide whether he will do so again, playing doubles with brother Jamie.
    Andy Murray is currently ranked number two in the world, but hopefully this will improve.
    None of this is fantasy.

  • Richard Underhill 6th Aug '16 - 11:21am

    Andy Murray will defend his Olympic Gold Medal in Rio and compete with brother Jamie in the mens’ doubles. Novak Djokovic will also compete. Andy carries the flag for Grande Bretagne with one hand at the opening ceremony. So, what would be better than the Gold Medal in the London Olympics? Two Gold medals in Rio.

  • Richard Underhill 15th Aug '16 - 1:18am

    Olympic gold for Andy Murray in Rio.

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