The EU Referendum: Lessons from Scotland

Douglas Alexander examines what lessons today's EU referendum campaigns can learn from Scotland 


Douglas Alexander, Senior Fellow, Harvard University's Kennedy School; former Shadow Foreign Secretary

Chaired by

Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

In 2014, while Scottish pro-independence campaigners seemed to have the momentum in the final months of the campaign, the ‘No’ camp won with 55 percent of the vote. What are the parallels, if any, between this referendum – the last one to be held in the UK – and the forthcoming referendum on EU membership? What lessons can today’s EU referendum campaigners learn from it?

Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander (@D_G_Alexander) is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor at King's College, London. Mr Alexander is also a Strategic Adviser to Pinsent Masons and to Bono on development and investment within and beyond Africa to drive economic growth and tackle extreme poverty. Previously he was Former Shadow Foreign Secretary and Minister for Europe.

Mark Leonard (@markhleonard) is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent article on the EU referendum is Brexit's international observers: The good, the bad and the ugly.