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Scotland speaks louder in Brussels as part of UK family

April 28, 2014 1:47 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon today said that Scotland George LyonGeorge Lyonspeaks louder in Brussels as part of the UK family ahead of a speech from the First Minister in Bruges.

Mr Lyon went on to warn that the SNP's plans would mean leaving behind the special EU membership terms Scotland shares as part of the UK.

His intervention follows criticism of the First Minister after reports he said he admires Russian President Vladimir Putin and UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

Commenting, Mr Lyon said:

"The truth is that Scotland speaks louder in Brussels as part of the UK family. We have real power and influence. The SNP would have us leave behind the special treatment we share on things like the Euro as part of the UK and negotiate EU membership for Scotland on worse terms than we get at present. That makes no sense to me.

"Yesterday we learned the First Minister admires Nigel Farage and Vladimir Putin. One man who wants to drag the UK out of the EU altogether and another who NATO have warned is threatening the peace and security of Europe.

"If that is an indication of the approach he would seek to take during membership negotiations at the EU in the event of a Yes vote then we would be in real trouble."