FORMER SNP depute leader Angus Robertson has led calls for Scots to play a leading part in achieving a People’s Vote on Brexit via a swathe of campaigning and events in the new year.

On January 12, a national action day of campaigning will take place, including leafleting and street stalls in communities across Scotland. This is just days before the meaningful vote on the Prime Minister’s deal is held in the House of Commons.

The European Movement in Scotland is also holding a rally in Edinburgh on January 26.

“Scotland voted to stay in the EU much more decisively than the UK as a whole voted Leave,” Robertson said.

“Being in Europe is good for Scotland, and a People’s Vote is a democratic opportunity for Scotland’s wishes to be respected.”

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Kerry Buist, who has been working as a campaign manager for the People’s Vote, has been appointed as director of Scotland for a People’s Vote and announced that it has stepped up its activity across the country.

Robert Gordon University guest lecturer Buist previously worked in campaigning roles with the Conservative Party and attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale Law School in June 2015.

“Scotland can lead the way in achieving a People’s Vote, which is why we are stepping up activity and organisation in the new year”, she said.

“We are a campaign for people of all parties and no party, and strong majorities exist in Scotland both for a People’s Vote and to stay in the EU.

“We need to reinforce the strength of the campaign in Scotland and replicate it elsewhere in the UK.”

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The People’s Vote is a grassroots campaign supported by its constituent groups, including the European Movement UK, the European Movement in Scotland, Open Britain, Scientists for EU, Healthier In, Our Future Our Choice, For Our Future’s Sake, Britain for Europe, Wales For Europe and InFacts.

Recent polling indicates that two-thirds of people in Scotland want a People’s Vote, and 70% would vote to Remain in the European Union.

The research, published by Best for Britain and HOPE not hate, found that support for Remain in Scotland was at 69.6%, compared to 62% in June 2016.

UK-wide constituency research also revealed that 422 of 632 constituencies now have majority support for Remain, up from 229 in the 2016 referendum.

A People’s Vote has already received the support of parties and parliamentarians across the Scottish political spectrum.

Mark Lazarowicz, who is chair of the European Movement in Scotland and a former Labour MP, commented: “A People’s Vote has already attracted the support of parties and parliamentarians representing some 70% of Scottish MPs, which shows how strong the European ideal is in Scotland.”

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There were some SNP figures who suggested that a People’s Vote would be a tactical error over fears it could set a precedent for a re-run of a successful independence referendum.

But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the need for a second EU vote stems from a lack of detail given to voters in 2016 which would not be the case in a future independence vote.

An SNP spokesperson previously said: “We have made it clear that we would push strongly for any second EU referendum to have safeguards to ensure Scotland’s voice is protected in the event of Scotland voting Remain again while the UK as a whole voted to leave.

“This position was agreed by SNP conference.”