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High-profile figures in Scotland call for Brexit to be stopped

Henry McLeish.
Henry McLeish.

Dozens of senior politicians and academics in Scotland have demanded Brexit is called off.

A letter signed by 60 public figures said leaving the EU must be abandoned as the “disastrous consequences” of doing so become “ever clearer”.

Former first minister Henry McLeish and ex-Lib Dem leader Lord Campbell are among those to back the call.

Lord Kerr, the author of Article 50, as well respected professors David Bell and Christina Boswell and MEPs Alyn Smith and David Martin have also signed up.

It reads: “We call for a national debate on Brexit. We ask our fellow citizens, and our politicians, to think again. It is time to call a halt to Brexit.”

The letter, which was sent to the Herald, said the UK’s international reputation is “seriously damaged”, Brexit will increase the speed of falling living standards and

EU citizens in the UK and Brits on the continent are in “unacceptable limbo”.

“We recognise that a narrow majority voted to leave the European Union, but the disastrous consequences are now becoming ever clearer – every day,” the signatories said.

It added: “In a democracy, it is always possible to think again and to choose a different direction.”

The signatories:

Prof. David Bell, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling

Andrew Bolger, former Scotland Correspondent, Financial Times,

Prof. Christina Boswell, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Professor Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde

The Rt. Hon Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE PC QC

Dr Chad Damro, University of Edinburgh

Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine, University of Edinburgh

Christine De Luca, poet

Dr Richard Dixon, Director, Friends of the Earth Scotland

Sir David Edward, Professor Emeritus Edinburgh University Law School and former ECJ Judge

John Edward, Former Head of European Parliament Office in Scotland/Former EU Policy Manager, Scotland Europa

Colin Imrie, European policy analyst

Maria Fletcher Director, Director of Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe (SULNE)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

Dr Peter Geoghegan, University of the West of Scotland,

Gwilym Gibbons Creative Help Ltd

Prof. Anne Glover, Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean
for Europe, University of Aberdeen

Vanessa Glynn, Chair, European Movement in Scotland

Michele Gordon, Director, The Language Hub

David Gow, Editor, Sceptical Scot, Editor, Social Europe

Dr Eve Hepburn, Chief Executive, Fearless Femme CIC

David Hood, Director, Edinburgh Institute for Collaborative & Competitive Advantage

Dr Kirsty Hughes, Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations

Helen Hunter Education Officer (retired)

Helen Kay M.A., M.Sc.

Stefan G Kay OBE

Patricia Kelly, Retired Teacher

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard GCMG

Mark Lazarowicz, former Labour MP 2001 – 2015, Edinburgh North

Graham Leicester, International Futures Forum (in a personal capacity)

Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, former Secretary of State Scotland and former High Commissioner to Australia.

Dr John MacDonald, Director of the Scottish Global Forum and editor of CABLE magazine

Gordon Macintyre-Kemp, Author and Chief Executive, Business for Scotland

Dame Mariot Leslie

David Martin, MEP

Monica Martins, Managing Director, WomenBeing Project

Marilyne MacLaren, retired politician and educationalist

Rt. Hon. Henry McLeish, former First Minister

Maggie Mellon, former executive board, Women for Independence and social work consultant

Professor Steve Murdoch, University of St Andrews

Isobel Murray, Professor Emeritus Modern Scottish Literature, Aberdeen University

Dr Kath Murray, Criminal Justice Researcher

Andrew Ormston, Director of Drew Wylie Projects

Alex Orr, Managing Director, Orbit Communications (in a personal capacity)

Robert Palmer

Ray Perman, author and journalist

Willis Pickard, former editor TES Scotland and Rector, Aberdeen University,

Dr Janet Powney, consultant in education and evaluation research

Lesley Riddoch

Ian Ritchie, software entrepreneur

Baron Robertson of Port Ellen, KT, former Secretary of State for Defence, former Secretary General, NATO

Bill Rodger, Treasurer, European Movement in Scotland

Anthony Salamone, Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser, Scottish Centre on European Relations

Prof. Andrew Scott, University of Edinburgh

Anne Scott, Secretary, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Scottish Branch

Peter K. Sellar Advocate, Axiom Advocates Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh,

Prof. Jo Shaw, University of Edinburgh

Dr Kirsteen Shields, Lecturer in Public Law, University of Dundee

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO

Alyn Smith, MEP

Grahame Smith, General Secretary STUC

Professor Michael E. Smith, Professor of International Relations, University of Aberdeen

Prof. Chris Smout, Historiographer Royal of Scotland and Emeritus Professor, University of St Andrews

Struan Stevenson, former MEP and European Movement in Scotland Vice-President

Lord (Jim) Wallace of Tankerness Lib Dem Peer & former Deputy First Minister

Sir Graham Watson, former President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE Party), former MEP

Dr Geoffrey Whittam, Reader, Glasgow Caledonian University

Fay Young, Director of a digital media company