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The Economic, Social and Cultural Benefits of Scotland’s EU Membership

EU membership

Scotland has long been a committed and engaged part of the European Union.  For more than 40 years individuals, businesses and communities across Scotland have experienced the social, economic and cultural benefits of EU membership. They include the freedom to live, study, work, trade or travel across the 28 member states.

The right to work and study across the continent has created opportunities for an estimated two million UK citizens who have chosen to live, work and study in other EU countries.  Scotland in turn benefits from the 173,000 EU nationals living here, enriching our culture, strengthening our society and boosting our economy.

The EU supports the ambitions of people to improve their lives, of businesses to grow, and of governments to achieve economic prosperity.  It gives us valuable and hard fought for social protections like employment rights, maternity and paternity leave and the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of age, gender or race.  It gives us the opportunity to work in solidarity with others across the continent to tackle pressing global challenges, such as the movement of refugees and migrants, energy security and climate change.

  • Freedom to live, study, work, trade or travel
  • Employment rights
  • The right not to be discriminated against
  • Work in solidarity with others
  • Tackling global challenges