MSP urges res­i­dents to re­main in the union

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Com­mu­ni­ties in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing urged to back the EU by the area’s MSP.

Clare Haughey last week backed a mo­tion at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment for the UK to re­main in the union.

With a ref­er­en­dum on the coun­try’s place in the EU now just three weeks away, she said a re­main vote would pro­tect Scot­tish jobs and work­ers rights.

How­ever, her claims were rub­bished by the leave cam­paign.

Ms Haughey said over 300,000 Scot­tish jobs were es­ti­mated by the Cen­tre for Eco­nomic and Busi­ness Re­search to be di­rectly and in­di­rectly as­so­ci­ated with ex­ports to the EU in 2011.

She said the EU is the top des­ti­na­tion for Scot­tish ex­ports, re­ceiv­ing 42 per cent of Scot­land’s In­ter­na­tional ex­ports in 2014, worth more than £11 bil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Haughey, the EU pro­tected work­ers’ right not to be dis­crim­i­nated against and the right to 14 weeks ma­ter­nity leave with sick pay and parental leave.

She added: “With less than a month un­til the polls open for the EU ref­er­en­dum – it is vi­tal that we speak up and speak out about the many ways in which the EU ben­e­fits Scot­land.

“Whether it’s pre­vent­ing the ex­ploita­tion of work­ers, pro­tect­ing the right to ma­ter­nity leave or im­prov­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to work and study abroad– the EU has a pos­i­tive legacy of achieve­ment in which we should be proud to have played our part.

“Ac­cess to the sin­gle mar­ket of 500 mil­lion peo­ple – with an es­ti­mated 300,000 Scot­tish jobs as­so­ci­ated with ex­ports to the EU – of­fers Scot­land in­com­pa­ra­ble trad­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties which are key to our fu­ture eco­nomic pros­per­ity.”

How­ever, King’s Park man Tom Har­ris, who is lead­ing the leave cam­paign in Scot­land, ques­tioned Ms Haughey’s claims.

He said: “Al­most ev­ery­thing she has said is a myth.

“The aca­demic whose work the jobs claim is based on has dis­missed that com­pletely and it’s very dis­ap­point­ing of the re­main cam­paign to quote that.

“We ac­tu­ally ex­port more to coun­tries out­side the EU than in­side and if we look at Scot­land, 15 per cent of ex­ports go to the EU, 21 per cent go out­side and 64 per cent go to the rest of the UK.

“If we want Scot­land to pros­per, we must leave the EU so the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment can get more pow­ers. My chal­lenge to Clare Haughey is, why does she trust Brus­sels to run our fish­ing in­dus­try more than her own SNP min­is­ters?”

On work­ers’ rights, he said: “Ev­ery ma­jor step has been taken by the Uk Govern­ment, not the EU.

“The na­tional min­i­mum wage, pro­tec­tion from dis­crim­i­na­tion, record ma­ter­nity time: th­ese were brought in by Labour gov­ern­ments.

“The EU does not pro­tect work­ers, it will some­times repli­cate na­tional gov­ern­ments, but why should we need Brus­sels to pro­tect work­ers’ rights?”

Re­main Clare Haughey MSP

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