Supporters of staying in the EU have promised to continue battling to rejoin the EU, even though the full effect of Brexit is now being felt.
After leaving the political union in January 2020, the United Kingdom will, at 11 p.m., exit the transitional phase that holds it in the single market of the EU and the customs union. This evening.
This suggests an end to 47 years of seamless trade and a transition to a more bureaucratic relationship with the EU, based on a 1,246-page agreement last week.
At Westminster last night, legislation underpinning the deal was passed but rejected at Holyrood.
The moment means Brexit is complete and the United Kingdom can look forward to a new economic future, Boris Johnson has said, although critics argue the reforms are a self-inflicted injury that will have a detrimental effect on financial services, travel, defense, agriculture and fisheries.
Now, attempts to rejoin the other 27 EU states have been initiated by two campaigns in Scotland.
Businessman Alastair MacColl, director of the eu+me company, said he would work “rightful” to see Scotland recover its “inch by inch, issue by issue.” position in the heart of Europe.
He also said in a blog entitled “Still European,” that he will collaborate with other pro-Europeans to fight for the “rights, freedoms and opportunities we have always enjoyed.”
He said, ‘I will still be European when I wake up on Jan. 1. The identity and the principles that underpin it will not have changed. But without my permission, a whole host of rights, benefits and freedoms will have been stripped away.
But the task of learning how to negotiate life outside the EU between Scotland and the broader UK has just begun.
“With so many crucial issues still unresolved, this trade deal only marks the beginning of a new relationship with Europe.”
Former Scottish Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz, now the president of Scotland’s European Movement, also said it was unfair to claim that the 2016 Leave vote could not be reversed.
“He said, “We condemn that in Scotland in the European Movement. If being in the EU has been the right thing to do for almost five decades, on January 1, it doesn’t stop being the right thing to do.
Indeed, the argument for the European Union is greater than ever with all the problems facing the world – and opinion polls show support for EU membership is higher than it was at the time of the 2016 referendum, both in Scotland and across the UK.
We are realists, of course. If Scotland enters the EU as an independent state by membership or if the UK as a whole rejoins, we know it won’t happen overnight.
But being a realist doesn’t mean we’re going to stop fighting to make our country part of this bigger European project again.
We will arrange a series of events and encourage campaigns to preserve and improve the ties between Scotland and the EU that still exist, and we will look for new ways to expand on those links.
In order to do this, we will collaborate with partner organisations in the rest of the UK, Ireland and the rest of the EU.
“And we will continue to encourage our elected representatives in Scotland to demonstrate their support for closer links with the EU and membership of the EU.”