STAY OR GO ?
Final push for votes as the Brexit decision looms
Voters in Rutherglen, Cambuslang and the surrounding areas will go to the polls tomorrow, Thursday, to help decide on Britain’s place in the EU
With polls suggesting a tight race, every vote is likely to count when the numbers are added up.
After a suspension of campaigning in the aftermath of the murder of Jo Cox MP, both campaigns have been making a final plea for votes as the campaigns enter their final hours. In Rutherglen, the local Liberal Democrat group were out on the Main Street trying to persuade residents that staying in the European Union was the right thing to do.
Rutherglen South councillor Robert Brown said: “Everyone knows there will be a severe economic hit if we voted to leave the EU.
“Whatever else, we would have worse terms for trading and selling things to our biggest market.
“Worse terms means less jobs, less investment and less business and personal opportunities.
“A leave vote poses a direct challenge to the life chances of many of the young voters who will be exercising their democratic rights for the first time this week.
“The IFS have warned that Brexit means lower spending and higher cuts. This means less money for education and other public services in Scotland. It limits life chances. It narrows horizons.
“The European Union is not perfect and does not get everything right.
“At the end of the day, though, it is a force for good in the world. It has helped keep the peace in Europe for over 70 years.”
However, King’s Park man Tom Harris, who is leading the Leave campaign in Scotland, insists it is unchecked immigration that poses the biggest threat to public services in the local area.
He said: “To have control over your borders and immigration is something the vast majority of democracies take for granted. It is only in Europe it is seen as extreme.
“It has implications on local services that we take from granted. The positive message for leaving is that the Scottish Parliament will get more powers. It will get control over agriculture and fishing and other spending programmes currently dictated by unelected bureaucrats.
“Not a single penny of EU money we get in Scotland comes from. Europe, it comes from Britain. We actually give them £10billion more than we get back.
“This generosity does not exist, we actually receive less than we put in, there is no accountability. If the EU decide to stop sending that money, then they can.”
X marks the spot Lib-Dems urge a remain vote in Rutherglen this week, but Tom Harris (left) wants a spilt