Being part of the EU means we will always be on the pitch and as one of the most powerful players, shaping the path the game takes.
In the event of a 'Leave' vote, Britain would be divided, with a new Prime Minister, a surge in political awareness, and big questions to be answered about our future out of the EU. The only way for the country to move on from this divisive referendum, and grant democratic legitimacy to those negotiating Brexit, would be to hold a proportional general election as soon as possible after the result.
With the EU referendum now on the horizon, and polling data fluctuating wildly, it is vitally important that as many people as possible take the op...
AS one of the few political pundits who predicted the results of not just the Scottish referendum but also the last General Election, I find it astonishing how much credence is still given to the blizzard of referendum polls.
I've lived in the UK for 15 years - nearly all my adult life. I came here as an 18 year-old student because it was easier to study in my field of choice. I did not plan to stay. But I got used to multiculturalism, queuing, and apologising for everything. I got used to pubs, parks, self-deprecating jokes and endless varieties of tea. I fell in love with London, the only city I can now call home. So I stayed.
This issue will affect all of us in this proud nation of ours, and millions of people around the world are watching to see what we do. The dizzying array of sums of money passing between the British and EU economy - in both directions it would seem - have left me rather confused. The claims and counter-claims of immigration have left me uncomfortable. Here's the truth. Immigration will continue to be a challenge, whether we remain or stay in the EU. In a more mobile, better connected world, the migration of human beings in - both directions - is only going to increase.
The fact is, I need the EU to keep my government in check, I need the EU to control the financial sector that is tearing Britain into unequal chunks of extreme wealth and poverty, but most of all, I need the EU so the British government does not continue to benefit for my generations political apathy, implementing laws that take advantage of our alienation.
On Thursday 23 June I will be voting to remain in Europe, and ask you to do the same. It is the EU which offers Scotland the opportunity of a genuine partnership of nations - one where we choose to work with our friends and neighbours to make real progress on economic, environment and social issues within Europe and the wider world.
Stronger In have made the mistake of putting an entire generation of angry and disenchanted young voters into a box labelled "Remain Voters". That could be a big mistake... We're engaged in a different way, far from the prying eyes of pollsters and politicians. The EU referendum is being discussed in our private Facebook and Whatsapp group chats.
The attempts to bully and intimidate voters into voting remain have become increasingly ludicrous. It begs the question: how do all those countries outside the EU manage on their own? Most of them do just fine. In fact, most countries outside the EU are doing better than many inside the EU.
Whatever the outcome, entrepreneurial activity will continue to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the country. The government must put policies in place to ensure that our entrepreneurs continue to prosper - In or Out.
The UK is a great success story and is now the fifth largest economy in the world. Our international trading history speaks for itself and English is now the international language of trade. But the global economy of today is very different to what it was when we joined the EEC, now the EU. Export opportunities in Europe are slowing and export opportunities outside Europe are twice as large and growing faster.
He has lost his credibility. He does not act in the best interests of Britain. That is simply not acceptable in a modern democratic society. Cameron must go as PM because he is operating a scorched earth policy against his own people.
I wasn't sure how to approach the news that 'Master of Lies' Jean-Claude Juncker has been drafted in by David 'Scourge of Pensioners' Cameron to make a major intervention in the referendum campaign next week. Why would the Prime Minister call in his boss, the President of the European Commission, a man with a less than exemplary reputation?
Cameron cannot be surprised that the anger of his victims is uncontrollable, and having unleashed it he is unable to point it where he wants. The furious won't be harnessed, but their jobs may disappear to the EU if they vote to leave.
Yesterday's 'shock poll' revealing that Leave has soared into a seven point lead over Remain was just that - a shock. The palpitations calmed somewhat...