Strength and breadth of case to stay in Europe

More than 100 people and organisations throughout Scotland have publicised their support for a Remain vote ahead of Thursday’s EU referendum, in an open letter highlighting the positive case for Remain, which stretches across Scotland’s society and economy.

Supporting the statement are university leaders, both Scottish local government associations representing all 32 local authorities, trade union leaders in Scotland, representatives from businesses large and small, the legal sector and over 20 student association presidents.

Business leaders include Cally Russell, co-founder and CEO of thriving internet start-up Mallzee; Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money; Sir Iain MacMillan, former Chair of CBI Scotland; Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, CEO of Business for Scotland; Brian Wilson, Chairman of Harris Tweed Hebrides; and Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport.

Fourteen university Principals have signed the statement in a personal capacity, while student association presidents from Inverness, Dundee, Glasgow, Perth, Edinburgh, and Lanarkshire have all backed Remain.

Sir David Edward, former Judge at the European Court of Justice, joins the letter, as do COSLA and the Scottish Local Government Partnership (SLGP).

The statement follows more than 80 cultural figures demonstrating their support for Remain, as well as agricultural leaders and nearly 300 academics based in Scotland.

Professor Mona Siddiqui, Chair of the Scotland Stronger In Europe Advisory Group, said:

“At a time when the world is pulling apart, the European Union, for all its challenges, offers stability in shared values and aspirations. It is not just countries which work together, it is people who come together to cooperate and build something bigger and better. A vote to Remain is a vote for decency, tolerance and unity.”

Statement of support – We back Remain

“We the undersigned are asking people in Scotland to join us in voting Remain on 23 June. We are not claiming that the European Union is perfect, but staying in is far better for our businesses, our families, our jobs, our public services and our security than the risks of leaving. We believe in the positive case for Europe.

"This is built on the clear benefits that membership has to Scotland, for example, the 250,000 jobs that are linked to EU trade, workers’ rights such as maternity and paternity leave and paid holidays, the ability to welcome 8,000 European postgraduate students who pay to study at our universities every year and the £400million they bring to the Scottish economy.

"Scots have the freedom to study and work in Europe, and older Scots living in Europe are supported by specific pension rights being guaranteed. The EU delivers hundreds of millions of pounds in investment in our agriculture, our research centres, and our infrastructure.

"Because Scotland and the UK as a whole are part of the EU, mobile phone calls abroad are cheaper and flights costs are 40% lower. We have unrestricted ability to travel across the continent for work and leisure. Climate change is being tackled together, and our beaches and water are cleaner because of European law.

"Workers coming from the EU to Scotland are typically well-qualified and provide vital skills in the industrial, care and tourism sectors as well as paying their taxes here that contribute to the costs of our vital public services.

"Being part of the EU guarantees access to a single market of over 500 million people, giving small businesses and manufacturing in Scotland the opportunity to thrive.

"Our creative sector is better connected too with artists, writers, designers and digital entrepreneurs better able to work quickly and collaboratively across this huge market.

"Scotland has a positive future within the EU and that is why we will be voting to Remain on 23 June.”


Hamish Allan, software engineer
Matthew Anderson, Unicorn ARC (Scotland Stronger In Advisory Group Member)
Heather Armstrong , President-elect Students Association of the University of the West of Scotland
Ankna Arockiam, President Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Students Union
Jaye Baird, Vice President of Dundee & Angus College Students Association
Geoff Ballinger, Mobile Monday Edinburgh
Professor Steven Beaumont, Professor of Nanoelectronics & Emeritus Vice Principal University of Glasgow
Emily Beever, NUS Scotland Women’s Officer
Dr Angus Bell, Senior Research Fellow, Physics & Astronomy, University of Glasgow
Dr Euan R Brown, Associate Professor of Electrophysiology, Deputy Head of Graduate School, Heriot Watt University
Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trade Union Congress
Professor Sir Harry Burns, former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland (Scotland Stronger In Advisory Group Member)
Professor Muffy Calder OBE, Vice-Principal & Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow
Katrina Caldwell, theatre and dance practitioner
Lee Chalmers, Director, Authentic Living, Founder Parliament Project
Genna Clarke President of Aberdeen University Students Association
Dr Carol K. Clugston, Chief Operating Officer College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow
Alan Crawley, CEO, Optima Partners
Professor Richard Cogdell, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow
Professor James C. Conroy, Vice Principal Internationalisation, University of Glasgow
Charles Cormack, Chairman, Cormack Consultancy Group Ltd
COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities)
ffinlo Costain, Director, Costain Consulting
Mhairi Coyle, Environmental Physicist
Diarmuid Cowan, President of Heriot Watt University Students Association
John Dare, President of Perth College Students Association
Iain Davidson, film editor
Dr Keith P Dawson, Technical Director Sustain Agro Ltd
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, University of Aberdeen
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences University of Glasgow
Professor Sir Pete Downes,University of Dundee
Sir David Edward, former Judge at the European Court of Justice
Professor Jeff Evans, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow
Martin Finnigan, Managing Director, CalEc
Amparo Fortuny President of Glasgow Clyde College Students’ Association
Joe Foster, co-founder, Creation Records
Kenny Fraser, Chairman, Mallzee
Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money (Scotland Stronger In Advisory Group Member)
Professor Pamela Gillies, Glasgow Caledonian University (signing in a personal capacity)
Professor Dame Anne Glover, former Chief Scientific Adviser to Scotland and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (Scotland Stronger In Advisory Group Member)
Derek Hammersley, Chairman, European Movement in Scotland
Rob Henthorn, NUS Scotland Vice President Education
Ashley Hickford, President of New College Lanarkshire Students’ Association
Tim Hustler, Student President, Dundee University
Julian Lawson Hill, Giraffe Consulting
Dr Azeem Ibrahim, Executive Chairman, Scotland Institute
Professor Tom Inns, Glasgow School of Art
Mike J Kirby, Scottish Secretary, UNISON
Liam King President of University of Glasgow Students' Representative Council
Liam Fuller, President of Education and Employability, Aberdeen University Students’ Association
Jenny Laing, Convener,Scottish Local Government Partnership (SLGP), Aberdeen City Council Leader
Chris and Carol Longden, Allerton House
John Loughton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dare2Lead (Scotland Stronger In Advisory Group Member)
Reiner Luyken, Director, the Brochs of Coigach Ltd
Andrew MacCormack, software engineer
Sheena Macdonald, Scotland Regional Organiser, Musicians’ Union
Donald MacInnes, former Chief Executive of Scotland Europa (Scotland Stronger In Advisory Group Member)
Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, CEO, Business for Scotland
Professor Gerry McCormac, University of Stirling
Moira McFadyen, Managing Director, Central Law Training (Scotland) Ltd
Dr Morag CE McFadyen, Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, Robert Gordon University
Sir Iain McMillan CBE, former Director, CBI Scotland
Professor Craig Mahoney, University of the West of Scotland
Professor Jill Morrison, Dean for Learning and Teaching, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
Shazz Muhammed, President of Dundee & Angus College Students Association
Professor Clive Mulholland, University of the Highlands and Islands
Lizzie Munro, President of Inverness College Students Association
Professor Steve Murdoch, School of History, University of St Andrews
Ian Murphy, Innovi Business Growth Ltd
Professor Anton Muscatelli, University of Glasgow
Professor Andrea Nolan, Edinburgh Napier University
Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, University of Edinburgh
Andrew Paliwoda, Discount Highlandwear
John Park, Assistant General Secretary, Community (Scotland Stronger In Europe Advisory Group member)
Gary Paterson, President of Strathclyde University Students’ Association
Edward Pollock, President Robert Gordon University Students Union
Ian Reid OBE, Director, Inverglade Ltd
Dani Rae, theatre producer
Pauline Randall, Florizel Media Ltd
Mike Rapport, Reader in Modern European History, University of Glasgow
Emma Ritch, gender and equality expert
Melvyn Roffe, Independent School Principal
Gavin W. Roser, Secretary General, European Freight & Logistics Leaders Forum
Jonny Ross-Tatum, President of Edinburgh University Students Association
Cally Russell, Founder and CEO, Mallzee
Vonnie Sandlan, NUS Scotland President (Scotland Stronger In Europe Advisory Group member)
Zorena Shanks Vice President of new College Lanarkshire Students’ Association
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Professor Mona Siddiqui, Chair, Scotland Stronger In Advisory Group Member
Gillian Smith, Director, Royal College of Midwives Scotland
Callum Stuart, Founder & COO of Mallzee
Rojan Kumar Subramani, President of Edinburgh Napier Students Association
Jamie Sutherland, Mallzee CTO
Janet Swadling, Scotland’s Rural College
Agnes Tolmie, Executive Council member, Unite the Union
Dr Jane Townson, deputy chief operating officer, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow
Harry Turnbull, Turnbull Associates
Dr Ian Veltman, Chartered Chemical Engineer
Professor Claire Wallace, Chair of Sociology, University of Aberdeen
James Waters, Director, JDHW Ltd
Professor Richard A Williams,Heriot-Watt University
Professor Petra Wend, Queen Margaret University (Scotland Stronger In Europe Advisory Group member)
Karena Wetherall, President of North East Scotland College Students Association
Brian Wilson, Chairman, Harris Tweed Hebrides