Public affairs specialist draws up Scotland-specific EU exit campaign

Campaigners arguing to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum need to make separate arguments for the people of Scotland, according to a strategy document drawn up by a public affairs specialist.

A strategy document to persuade Scots to leave the EU has been drawn up by David Roach
A strategy document to persuade Scots to leave the EU has been drawn up by David Roach
It is thought that campaigners might adopt some of the arguments made by the SNP in last year’s independence referendum to persuade people north of the border to vote to leave the EU.

According to reports in The Scotsman, Vote Leave – one of the two major campaign groups involved in supporting a Brexit – is understood to think that the different political backdrop in Scotland requires a campaign that is separate from the one being run from London.

Exit campaigners are thought to be considering a paper put together by David Roach, a public affairs specialist.

Roach stood as a Conservative candidate for the East Lothian seat at the general election in May.

He told PRWeek he had put together a strategy document for use by exit campaigners in Scotland, saying: "The arguments are not that dissimilar from the rest of the UK, but it's important to respect the narrative of the past few decades which is all about devolving more powers to Edinburgh. Scotland's pro-EU establishment are hugely inconsistent on this. If it's right that more powers should be devolved to Edinburgh from Westminster, a similar logic surely applies to powerful unelected bureaucrats in Brussels."
Britain Stronger in Europe, which is campaigning to remain in the EU, would not be drawn on whether a separate Scottish campaign was needed.

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