We have enjoyed fantastic links with our European neighbours for decades.
Our school children have benefitted from easy language exchanges and visa-free school trips. Young people have been able to live, study, and work across 27 different countries. Students have enhanced their education via the Erasmus scheme. Artists and musicians have been able to travel freely between us and the continent.
Conference, it is a tremendous honour for me to address you for the first time as the leader of our Scottish party.
I'm conscious that today I am addressing some of my political heroes.
I cannot overstate the sense of responsibility I feel to the great Scottish Liberals on whose shoulders I stand, and whose legacy I inherit, among them friends and mentors like Jim Wallace, Jo Swinson and Charles Kennedy.
During the awful violence in May, Britain was absent from the world stage - despite our historic responsibilities to the region.
That's why today we have set out a route map for the UK Government to follow in its engagement with the region. It is vital that long-term underlying tensions are to be addressed if we hope to achieve a lasting peace rather than a short term truce.
The Government hasonly managed to negotiate one new trade deal -with Australia - since leaving the EU. It has simply "rolled over" 23 existing trade agreements that we were already parts of. This simply isn't good enough.
A thriving economy needs thriving international trade.UK companies doing business in the EU need our help now.We are also at risk of losing our long-established status as a finance hub. Put simply, the government must get its act together.
Our society is a brilliant one. Our democratic system goes back hundreds of years and we are committed to the fair rule of law. We have a fantastic tradition of education, creativity and innovation.
We have incredibly strong institutions. This is clear in the fact our National Health Service has bent over backwards to support us through this pandemic. As much as possible we contribute to key international organisations to support a cooperative global system.