SNP's Alyn Smith got a standing ovation at the EU Parliament after begging 'do not let Scotland down'


A Scottish nationalist MEP has received a standing ovation at the European Parliament following his demand for Scotland to remain within the EU family of nations.

SNP MEP Alyn Smith was speaking in an emergency debate at the European Parliament in the wake of the UK vote to leave the European Union on June 23.

He reminded MEPs that Scotland voted to Remain, demanded that status "be respected" and begged parliamentarians from around Europe: "Do not let Scotland down."

Addressing the meeting of the Parliament, Smith said: "I want my country to be internationalist, co-operative, ecological, fair, European - and the people of Scotland, along with the people of Northern Ireland and the people of London and lots and lots of people in Wales and England, also voted to Remain within our family of nations.

"I demand that that status and that esprit European be respected.

"Colleagues, there are a lot of things to be negotiated and we will need cool heads and warm hearts, but please remember this: Scotland did not let you down. Please, I beg you, cher colleagues, do not let Scotland down now."

Alyn Smith
(Philippe Buissin/European Union/PA)

As well as a standing ovation from the European Parliament, Smith's passionate speech was praised by hundreds on social media.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is understood to be heading to Brussels on Wednesday for talks with senior figures about protecting Scotland's place in the EU.

She has pledged to explore all options - up to and including another Scottish independence referendum.