Benefits

Economic Benefits

Over the last forty years Scotland’s businesses, organisations and people have benefitted from our being part of the EU, the world’s largest economy and trading area, capable of competing with advanced economies across the globe.

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Inward Investment

Membership of the EU single market plays an important role in attracting foreign direct investment, both from within and outside the EU, to Scotland. This is an area in which Scotland has performed strongly in recent years.

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Global Trade

Businesses in Scotland also benefit from the large number of bilateral trade deals that the EU has negotiated with third countries, providing Member States with preferential, and often free, access to these markets.

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EU Funding

EU funding comes to Scotland through European Structural Funds, Common Agricultural Policy direct payments and through winning competitive funding because of our expertise.

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Freedom of Movement

The freedom to travel, live, study, shop, work and retire – along with full pension entitlements – in any EU country, has brought major benefits to people in Scotland.

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The Environment

Scotland has an extremely rich and well protected environment, which is famous throughout the world and is crucial to ensuring we have a robust economy and society. It is vital that we protect this for both present and future generations.

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Strength, Security and Influence

There are many areas – whether it is climate change, energy security, organised crime and terrorism or international trade – where the EU has much greater influence than the actions taken by 28 individual nations ever could.

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The EU and You

EU membership delivers numerous benefits evident in the day-to-day life of people in Scotland. When we go to work or university, go on holiday, make a phone call or buy a product online, we benefit from our membership of the European Union

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Worse off Out

EU membership makes Scotland richer and safer. It provides unmatched opportunities for our companies; allows us to trade around the world; helps keep us secure; and benefits us at work, on holiday or when doing the weekly shop.

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