Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has welcomed the recent publication of the “Scotland’s Action Plan for EU Engagement” report and argued that Scotland’s best interests lie in remaining part of the EU and maintaining its strong relationship with Europe.
Ms McTaggart, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Europe & International Development, made her remarks during a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 23rd April.
The report, published by the Scottish Government, outlines how the European and External Relations Committee, which Ms McTaggart is a member of, and other committees at the Parliament have engaged on European issues over the past year and sets out the priorities for EU engagement in the coming year.
Ms McTaggart argued that that maintaining Scotland’s strong relationship with the EU is essential and that the scrutiny and engagement of EU policy by the European and External Relations Committee is a vital part of this process.
Speaking in the debate Ms McTaggart said “Scotland’s place in the EU has led the way to prosperity, sustainability and security throughout the country for more than four decades and that will only increase as our relationship grows stronger.
“The mutually beneficial relationship that Scotland and the European Union share is essential for both parties. Within that relationship, Scotland aims to influence key EU policies to meet our country’s best interests.
“There is no doubt that Scotland is an essential part of the European Union and that the European Union is an essential part of Scotland. To maintain the best possible relationship, it is necessary that the Scottish Government continues its efforts to best engage with and monitor the policies that the EU sets forth. That will ensure that Scotland continues to thrive as much as possible as part of the European Union.”
You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.