Scottish MEP's speech about Brexit in the EU parliament gets big reception 10 months ago

Scottish MEP's speech about Brexit in the EU parliament gets big reception

It went down well

A Scottish National Party MEP on Wednesday asked the European Parliament to “leave the light on” for Scotland in what he said could be his last speech in the EU before Brexit.

Alyn Smith encouraged lawmakers in Strasbourg to support a separate Scottish state insisting that Scotland was a "European nation" and adding that independence would offer the country a "route back".

Speaking in the European Parliament, Smith said: “We celebrate international solidarity, we celebrate freedom of movement. If the European Union did not exist we would need to invent something like it and Scotland would like to be part of it.”


He finished by saying: "Cher colleagues, I'm not asking you to solve our domestic discussions. I am asking you to leave a light on so we can find our way home."

“Every single party in Scotland except the Conservatives are united around the view that the best Brexit is no Brexit.

“So colleagues, please, don’t close the door on us now. There are a lot of us in Scotland and across the UK, working hard to turn this round, to serve our citizens, to remain within this family of nations.

“In what might be my last speech in this place after 15 years serving our European people, we don’t know what’s in the UK’s future. We don’t know what’s in any of our future and the forces of populism are gathering in all our nations.

“We don’t know what’s in the UK’s future but I do know Scotland is a European nation.

“We celebrate international solidarity. We celebrate freedom of movement.

“If the European Union didn’t exist, we would have to invent something like it, and Scotland would want to be part of it.”