Scotland politics

Scottish Liberal Democrats launching European election campaign

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Media captionScottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie says his party are "unashamedly pro-European"

Scotland's place in the UK and Europe are things worth fighting for, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said.

His comments came as the party launched its 2014 European election campaign.

Mr Rennie said the poll on 22 May boiled down to the "one simple question. Are you in or are you out?"

The Scottish Lib Dems, who won one seat at the last European election, said being part of the UK and the European Union helped boost jobs and growth.

Mr Rennie, met staff at a drinks manufacturing plant in Edinburgh, as they launched the party's campaign.

He said that cutting ties with the UK or walking away from the EU would mean "gambling with the economy and leaving behind the special membership terms Scotland shares as part of the UK".

The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader said: "Liberal Democrats want Scotland to stay in Britain and in Europe because that means keeping things like the UK pound and protecting the 330,000 Scottish jobs that the EU supports.

"These are big things that are really worth fighting for.

"Our message to the voters is clear. If you want to keep Scotland in Britain, in Europe and in work then you need to back George Lyon and the Liberal Democrats at these elections."

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