The UK has voted to Leave the European Union and the ramifications are massive, not least for Scotland. 62% of voters in Scotland chose to remain in the EU, a considerably higher proportion than the 55% who voted to remain in the UK in 2014. Yesterday’s decisive outcome clearly shows that the people of Scotland have different constitutional aspirations than the people of England and Wales, 53% of whom voted to leave the EU. There is now a constitutional divide between Scotland and the rest of the UK that is untenable.
Shortly, the UK Government will begin exit negotiations with the EU, expected to take two years. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stated that she intends to defend Scotland’s place within the EU. Given that material circumstances have changed, the Scottish Parliament now has a mandate to call a second referendum on Scottish independence.
The Radical Independence Campaign will take a leading role in the fight for Scottish independence in any future referendum.
In taking this forward, RIC will:
1) Argue to maintain freedom of movement within the EU, and for Scotland to play its full part in taking in refugees from mainland Europe, showing our anti-racist, internationalist spirit in practise.
2) Work with the Left across Europe to make the case for a new social charter for Europe, including ending the disastrous austerity policies that have blighted the whole of the continent. There must be a commitment to renewing workers’ and trade union rights, changing procurement and competition rules which favour the private sector over the public, democratising European institutions and debt relief for Greece.
3) Stand with all people against racism and xenophobia, regardless of their views on Scottish independence or how they voted in the EU referendum. We stand in defence of all EU citizens living and working in Scotland, and support their right to continue doing so without fear or uncertainty.
4) Organise an emergency RIC conference for all independence supporters in Scotland to collectively work out the urgent tasks ahead. We will invite the international and European left to attend.