Scotland in Europe update 9th June 2017

After a rollercoaster week in a rollercoaster year, I think it important to keep on and publish today's update. Brexit, whatever it may turn into, remains the defining issue of politics in these islands for the foreseeable future, and I remain at my post. The overnight election result has, I suspect, made it even more complex than it already was, and I will be in Strasbourg on Monday to continue our preparations as best we can.

Mrs May called this election seeking a personal mandate for a hard Brexit. She did not receive it. She is in a weaker position in the House of Commons, to match her doubly weak position in Brussels.

There is no mandate for the extreme Brexit she was advocating and as Europe watches on with ever increasing levels of incredulity, I and the SNP will continue to advocate Scotland’s place in Europe and our best interests. We will work across the parties to achieve those ends.

On a personal level, I am pleased to see a remarkable SNP victory in Scotland, but it is of course bittersweet given the losses we suffered. My thoughts are with friends and colleagues who have lost their seats, and their staff members and families. There are a lot of things to reflect upon, and I will do that over the coming weeks.

 



Jean Claude Juncker has announced today that the EU is ready to begin talks. Whether the UK Government is ready remains to be seen.

www.politico.eu/article

This was accompanied by a warning from Donald Tusk: “We don't know when Brexit talks start. We know when they must end. Do your best to avoid a "no deal" as result of "no negotiations".”

twitter.com/eucopresident

There has been a 30% rise in departures by EU staff over the last two years, according to data released by dozens of universities.

www.theguardian.com/politics

Edinburgh University alone has lost 96 EU staff over the last year.

www.heraldscotland.com/news

Farmers’ mid-term confidence has fallen by 18 points due to Brexit.

www.fginsight.com/news

European think tank Bruegel have produced a report assessing the impact of Brexit on the pharmaceutical industry.

bruegel.org/2017

Insurance company RSA has chosen Luxembourg as a home post-Brexit.

www.telegraph.co.uk/business

There is an interesting write up of an event discussing Brexit and the constitution in Common Space.

www.commonspace.scot/articles/11091

Which includes a mention of a paper by David Martin and me.

www.alynsmith.eu/variablegeometry

A hard Brexit could lead to a 20% drop in trade between Ireland and the UK and the loss of 40,000 jobs according to the British Irish Chamber of Commerce (BICC).

www.independent.ie/business

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is anticipating that a hard Brexit would result GDP being 1 percent lower in 2018. 

www.bloomberg.com/news