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    Scotland in Union - Notes from the Tour

    Scotland in Union volunteers have been active across Scotland over the last few weeks.

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    Our activists have held events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Elgin, Inverness, Peterhead, Aberdeen, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Falkirk and Alloa over the last three to four weeks. These events have included Scotland in Union street stalls, sign up events and door to door leafleting.

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    Scots reject snap referendum

    Just 16 per cent of Scots want to have another referendum on independence as soon as possible, according to a new poll commissioned by Scotland in Union.

    A third want to wait until the UK’s deal with the EU is clear before deciding whether to have another referendum while a quarter of Scots think we should hold off for a generation or by 2030. 17 per cent believe we should never have a referendum.

    Alastair Cameron, Director of Scotland in Union, has called on the UK and Scottish Governments to work together on the best EU deal for the country and put talk of a second independence referendum on the back burner. 

    The YouGov poll also shows that nearly half of Scots believe another referendum would have a negative impact on the economy and business and the NHS and economy should be the main priority for the Scottish Government. 

    -       32 per cent of Scots want to wait until the UK’s deal with the EU is clear before deciding whether to have another referendum

    -       46 per cent think another referendum would have a negative impact on the economy while just 22 per cent think it would have a positive impact.

    -       Asked to rank their priorities for the Scottish Government, the NHS (48 per cent) and the economy (40 per cent) came top while just 14 per cent holding another referendum on Scottish independence. 

    Alastair Cameron said: “We know the EU referendum result has left many Scots disappointed and some people are calling for the debate on Scottish independence to be re-opened.

    “But this poll shows that Scotland does not want to rush into another referendum and one in three Scots want to see what Brexit means before deciding on our future. 

    "We believe people deserve to know what this new landscape will mean for trade, for currency and for our borders. Importantly, before dragging Scotland into another referendum, we need to hear from those proposing Scottish independence how we would deal with Scotland’s £15 billion deficit. 

    “These new figures show that the people of Scotland believe premature talk of a second referendum is bad for business and they want politicians in Holyrood to be focussing on the NHS and the economy.

    “We would urge both the Scottish and UK Governments to work together on the best EU deal for the country and put talk of a second independence referendum on the back burner.”

    Read the full tables here.

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    Notes from our Summer Tour – Edinburgh

    Scotland in Union supporters, along with our Campaigns Manager, Andrew Skinner, have been touring Scotland’s 32 council areas promoting the positive case of Scotland in the UK.

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    George Kerevan and Project Fear

    When those of us on the pro-UK side warned of the profound consequences to Scottish independence in the run up to the 2014 referendum, we were dismissed as being part of ‘Project Fear’.

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    SIU's Glasgow Billboards Go Live

    Scotland in Union's billboard advertisement's have gone live today.

    Below are the three billboard designs which are currently being advertised near the M8 motorway in Glasgow:

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    Another Referendum? No Thanks!

     

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    Help us build a more United Kingdom

     

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    We get a bigger slice of business in a United Kingdom

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    Scotland In Union's London Supporters Event

    Scotland in Union’s first London supporters’ event, 11th July 2016

    Scotland in Union welcomed politicians, journalists and supporters to an evening event at the Caledonian Club in London on Monday 11th July.  

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    Glasgow Launch of Scotland in Union's Summer & Autumn Tour of Scotland

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    On Saturday 25th of June, in Glasgow (Buchanan Street), Scotland in Union supporters kicked off our Summer/Autumn tour of Scotland. Just over 50 people turned up to ensure that our #NoMoreReferendums message was clearly visible in Scotland’s largest city. 

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    Scotland In Union's statement, 24th June

    As we found in both 2014 and in recent weeks, referendums are a blunt instrument which divide people and create uncertainty. The prospect of another one will not be welcomed by most Scots who expressed their will fewer than two years ago in what was promised to be a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity.

    We must remember that substantially more people in Scotland voted to stay in the UK than voted to remain in the EU.

    Nicola Sturgeon must not misconstrue people's intentions and take the vote this week as a mandate for her own political project. It was not a referendum on having another referendum.

    The rest of the UK is our biggest market, and we share a border, a currency and more than 300 years of history. We need to find a way to work with our friends and neighbours in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and we are confident that most Scots will see the best way to do this is to continue being part of the UK.

    Scotland in Union will continue to highlight the positives of Scotland being in the UK, and we need your support to help us do that. Please sign up and support us at http://www.scotlandinunion.co.uk/registeryoursupport

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    Our First London Event Is Coming Up

    Scotland in Union will be holding our first event in London on Monday 11th July from 6.30pm-8.30pm at the Caledonian Club in Belgravia.

    We are pleased to be presenting two first rate speakers - Kevin Hague (businessman, columnist and economic commentator) and Paul Sinclair (former Senior Advisor to Alastair Darling at the Better Together campaign and Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, and Scottish Daily Mail Columnist).

    Spaces are limited and please note there is a dress code (more information on this available through the link below)

    To RSVP, or for more information, please click here: http://www.scotlandinunion.co.uk/caledonian_club_11th_july

    Thank you

     

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    Scotland in Union's submission features in new House of Lords report

    The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution has now released its latest report on the Union and Devolution.

    Scotland in Union submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. Our contribution is referenced in footnotes of the report itself.

    Our written evidence: (UDE0017) 'HOW CAN WE STRENGTHEN AND STABILISE THE UNION?' can be found here.

    For today's newly released report (25/05/2016) from the House of Lords Select Committee then please see here

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