Scotland politics

What are the party leaders saying on Europe?

Take six party leaders, from the SNP, Scottish Lib Dems, Scottish Labour, Scottish Greens, Scottish Tories and UKIP - what are they saying about Britain's future in Europe?

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  • Willie Rennie

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    Scottish Lib Dem leader

    'Along with my colleagues both at Holyrood and at Westminster, I believe Britain should remain in the European Union.

    'Next to the NHS, the EU is one of the best things Britain has created. Our ancestors would look on in envy on the peace we've had in Europe over the past seven decades.'

  • Patrick Harvie

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    Scottish Green co-leader

    'I'm strongly in favour of staying in the EU, and this was the overwhelming view of our party conference. However, we refuse to see this as a debate between two versions of the same free market, anti-immigration ideology.

    'Europe has been at its best with a strong social and environmental agenda.'

  • Nigel Farage

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    UKIP leader

    'There's not much point in having a United Kingdom if we're governed from somewhere else. We may as well become a satellite state of the European Union because that's virtually what we are.

    'Our courts aren't supreme.Our parliaments aren't supreme, whether that's in Holyrood or in Westminster. This is not about Scotland's relationship with Westminster. This is about whether Scotland wants to be part of an independent UK.'

  • Nicola Sturgeon

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    SNP leader and Scotland's FM

    'I believe both Scotland and the UK should stay in the EU. Scotland benefits from being part of the EU, and the EU benefits from having Scotland a part of it.

    'No SNP parliamentarian has expressed a desire to campaign for the out campaign - though they are not prevented from doing so. I am determined to make the positive case for continued membership in a reformed EU.'

  • Ruth Davidson

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    Scottish Conservative leader

    'The advantages we gain from EU membership clearly and categorically outweigh any disadvantages that come with it.

    'I campaigned for Scotland to stay part of a wider Union. And I believe Britain should stay part of a wider Union too.We decided last year that party elected representatives and members should be able to take their own decision on this.'

  • Kezia Dugdale

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    Scottish Labour leader

    'I support staying in the EU because I believe it will secure the best future for families in Scotland.

    'Scottish Labour is already campaigning for an In vote. It's for individual politicians to decide how they vote, but the overwhelming majority of Labour MSPs back staying in the EU.'

Willie Rennie, Scottish Lib Dem leader

"Along with my colleagues both at Holyrood and at Westminster, I believe Britain should remain in the European Union.

"Next to the NHS, the EU is one of the best things Britain has created. Our ancestors would look on in envy on the peace we've had in Europe over the past seven decades.'

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green co-leader

"I'm strongly in favour of staying in the EU, and this was the overwhelming view of our party conference. However, we refuse to see this as a debate between two versions of the same free market, anti-immigration ideology.

"Europe has been at its best with a strong social and environmental agenda."

Nigel Farage, UKIP leader

"There's not much point in having a United Kingdom if we're governed from somewhere else. We may as well become a satellite state of the European Union because that's virtually what we are.

"Our courts aren't supreme. Our parliaments aren't supreme, whether that's in Holyrood or in Westminster. This is not about Scotland's relationship with Westminster. This is about whether Scotland wants to be part of an independent UK."

Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader and Scotland's FM

"I believe both Scotland and the UK should stay in the EU. Scotland benefits from being part of the EU, and the EU benefits from having Scotland a part of it.

"No SNP parliamentarian has expressed a desire to campaign for the out campaign - though they are not prevented from doing so. I am determined to make the positive case for continued membership in a reformed EU."

Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative leader

"The advantages we gain from EU membership clearly and categorically outweigh any disadvantages that come with it.

"I campaigned for Scotland to stay part of a wider Union. And I believe Britain should stay part of a wider Union too. We decided last year that party elected representatives and members should be able to take their own decision on this."

Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour leader

"I support staying in the EU because I believe it will secure the best future for families in Scotland.

"Scottish Labour is already campaigning for an In vote. It's for individual politicians to decide how they vote, but the overwhelming majority of Labour MSPs back staying in the EU."

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