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100-plus Scottish leaders urge Remain vote

Jayne-Anne GadhiaGordon Dewar 3More than 100 individuals and organisations across Scotland have given their support to Britain’s continued membership of the European Union.

In an open letter highlighting the positive case for Remain, the signatories include a cross-section of Scotland’s society and economy.

Among them are university and trade union leaders, representatives from businesses large and small, the legal sector and more than 20 student association presidents.

Business leaders include Jayne-Anne Gadhia (above), CEO of Virgin Money; Sir Iain McMillan, former chairman of CBI Scotland, and Gordon Dewar (above), CEO 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. The statement…


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… follows more than 80 cultural figures demonstrating their support for Remain, as well as senior members of the farming community and nearly 300 academics.

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

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 4Cally Russell (right), Founder and CEO, Mallzee

Callum Stuart, Founder & COO of Mallzee

Jamie Sutherland, CTO, Mallzee

Kenny Fraser, Chairman, 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

Rojan Kumar Subramani, President of Edinburgh Napier Students Association

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

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