The people of Glasgow, it’s fair to say, are of an independent mind. They won’t be told how to vote by the establishment, as we found out during the independence referendum in 2014 when more than half the city voted Yes.

But why would anyone vote for Scotland to leave the UK and then, less than two years later, vote for us to stay in another Union, the EU?

Once again, the political establishment is lecturing us on what’s best for us. The economy will collapse if we leave the EU, they warn. Unemployment will go up, recession will bite.

In other words, Project Fear Mark 2.

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The EU is supposed to be a trading block – a “common market” – that we joined to make it easier for us to sell our goods abroad.

But it’s turned out to be undemocratic, costly and far too bureaucratic. It’s even made it more difficult – not easier – to trade with the world: we’re not allowed to make our own trade deals with other countries while we’re EU members, and so we have to leave the negotiations to Brussels. But it’s complicated trying to reconcile the interests and conflicting priorities of 28 different European countries. That means crucial trade deals take forever to agree.

Outside the EU, we would speed ahead with our own trade deals and expand our markets worldwide, not just within the EU.

In fact, the Common Market was a probably good idea at the time. But the world has changed since the 1970s. Trade is easier, communication is simpler, international co-operation is normal for just about every country.

The impact of the EU on Glasgow has been damaging. Scotland as a whole, and Glasgow in particular, has a problem with alcohol. The SNP Government at Holyrood got a mandate from the people of Scotland to do something about it: minimum pricing of alcohol.

Now, you might agree or disagree with that particular policy. But everyone who believes in democracy was surely appalled by what happened to that policy. After a large majority of our MSPs voted for it, the European Court of Justice binned it. Despite a democratic mandate, the EU decided they wouldn’t let us run our own affairs.

After we leave the EU, our own politicians, elected by and accountable to us, would have the final say in what policies we want.

And they would have more power too. For most of us here in Glasgow, the closest we get to the fishing industry is the local chip shop. But we care about the jobs in Scotland’s fishing industry, and we know they’ve been devastated by the EU’s wasteful Common Fisheries Policy. When we vote Leave, Scottish Ministers at Holyrood – not faceless Brussels bureaucrats – will have full responsibility for our fishing industry, as well as agriculture and a range of policies currently run by the EU.

And our students would be better off too. At the moment Scotland pays £80 million a year to fund free university tuition for EU students studying here. That’s their legal right under EU law. If we leave the EU, we could charge them exactly the same as other overseas students. And that would mean a huge windfall for our universities. We could reverse the downward trend in Scottish students attending Scottish universities and, if we chose, provide bursaries for poorer students.

That would provide a major boost for efforts to get more working class young people into higher education.

Control over our borders, a stronger Scottish Parliament, a new deal for our young people – that’s what’s on offer to the people of Glasgow if we vote leave on June 23.