Jean Davis

Lib­eral Demo­crat, Ross, Skye and Lochaber

The Oban Times - - Election Special -

Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats be­lieve that Scot­land is best off in the UK and the UK is best off at the heart of Europe. We want to see the clos­est pos­si­ble re­la­tion­ship with our Euro­pean part­ners.

The Con­ser­va­tives are in­tent on throw­ing away our place in the sin­gle mar­ket which is so vi­tal for our pros­per­ity. We need our econ­omy to be strong to pro­vide essen­tial pub­lic ser­vices like schools and hos­pi­tals. We can­not have a strong econ­omy if we leave the sin­gle mar­ket. That is why the Lib­eral Democrats strongly op­pose the Con­ser­va­tives’ rush to a hard Brexit.

Some­one will have the fi­nal say on the even­tual deal. Lib­eral Democrats be­lieve it should be the Bri­tish peo­ple in a ref­er­en­dum. The govern­ment should not be al­lowed to mark its own home­work on an is­sue of such crit­i­cal im­por­tance which will de­ter­mine our coun­try’s pros­per­ity for decades to come. The peo­ple should have the choice of ac­cept­ing the terms on of­fer or re­main­ing in the EU.

Lib­eral Demo­crat MPs will vig­or­ously stand up for the UK’s place in the sin­gle mar­ket, strive to re­tain co- op­er­a­tion which helps catch crim­i­nals, pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment and gives op­por­tu­ni­ties to our young peo­ple to work and study in the EU.

If I am elected, two things will be par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for me. First is that, over the sum­mer, I get back to ev­ery part of the con­stituency to have longer dis­cus­sions about the is­sues. Lo­cal peo­ple should have a say in what hap­pens in their area. The sec­ond thing is to make progress on broad­band and con­nec­tiv­ity, which is so im­por­tant where com­mu­ni­ties are spread out.

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