SNP rebel members launch EU Leave drive

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Grassroots SNP activists will today launch their campaign for a Brexit vote in the forthcoming referendum on EU membership.

SNP supporter and former Moderator of the Scottish Free Church, David Robertson will be joined by businessman Don Morrison, a long-term SNP member at the launch in Dundee.

The party leadership is staunchly in favour of Scotland remaining in the EU.

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But Mr Robertson insisted cutting ties with Brussels would give Holyrood enhanced controls over areas like agriculture and fishing.

He said: “I don’t understand why we’re being asked to vote against more powers for the Scottish Parliament. Nicola [Sturgeon] and our SNP government in Scotland could have more control if we left, yet they don’t seem to want it.”

The SNP member for 50 years and ex-chairman of its Huntly branch added: “I want to see an independent Scotland, where we can govern ourselves and make our own decisions – that simply isn’t possible within the European Union.”

Every SNP Parliamentarian – 54 MPs at Westminster and 63 Holyrood MSPs – back the leadership’s Remain stance.