THE Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) comment on today’s (24 June 2016) outcome of the UK’s EU Referendum:
“In line with our previously-stated position on membership of the EU, SCDI and many of our members are disappointed that the overall outcome will mean that Scotland and the rest of the UK will leave the EU; however, we respect the outcome of the Referendum vote.
“Regardless of any position on the Referendum result, it is essential that the Scottish and UK Governments, the Bank of England and international institutions implement their contingency plans and respond effectively to maintain stability.
“While many businesses also have plans, they will need the close engagement and support of government.
“As the focus turns to negotiations on the future relationship between Scotland and the UK and the EU, the Scottish and UK Governments should work closely with Scottish business and with civic Scotland. There is a need to develop an agreement which will support prosperity, maintain partnerships and progress common priorities across Europe.”
Notes to editors:
SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) is Scotland’s leading independent economic development organisation working across the public, private and social economy sectors, representing 1,200 organisations including global corporate companies, SMEs, public sector bodies and educational institutions, professional associations and trade unions, faith groups, charitable and social economy sector organisations.
A survey of SCDI members highlighted clear support for the UK remaining inside the EU, but a small number of members did not hold that view. You can read SCDI’s statement made (on 9 May) in advance of the Referendum, here:
For further information, please contact our policy team:
Gareth Williams, SCDI Claire Mack, SCDI
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