Fi­nal push for votes as the Brexit de­ci­sion looms

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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