Scotland in Europe Update: 21st October

It has been a busy week. The big news is the Scottish Government has published a consultation on a draft Independence Referendum Bill. This does not mean there will be another IndyRef, there is a long way to go yet, but if there is another it will not be because the result of the 2014 referendum has not been respected – it will be because the promises made to Scotland have not been kept. The SNP Manifesto clearly stated that another IndyRef could be called “if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will.” It doesn't get more clear cut than that and, unlike the Tories who committed to the single market in their 2015 general election manifesto, we will stand by our promises.http://www.snp.org/draft_independence_referendum_bill_here_s_what_it_means In Brussels I have been busy meeting ministers from our Government and elsewhere in Europe. These have been productive and together we are building the good will needed across the EU. This groundwork is going to be essential for whatever happens next. Elsewhere CETA got into even more difficulties, the EU's accounts were signed off again, and as an honorary vet I am deeply concerned about the potential impact of Brexit on animal welfare. Continue reading

Scotland in Europe Update 14th October

It's business as usual at SNP Conference right now, with the First Minister promising that the SNP will be working hard to find ways to keep Scotland in the Single Market. The UK Government has made it clear that there's no plan beyond hard-line rhetoric, so the Scottish Government will be setting out a plan for Scotland. A hard Brexit will change the UK, and Scotland deserves the right to choose its best future. Click here to read the First Minister's speech in full. www.snp.org/nicola_sturgeon_opening_address_2016 Continue reading

Scotland in Europe Update 07 October 2016

This week we finally saw that the Tories have bought the UKIP lie: hook, line and sinker. Anyone who did not believe that the European Question is the defining attribute of politics in these islands is in no doubt after Theresa May’s speech to Conservative Party Conference last Sunday. Continue reading

Scotland in Europe Update 30 September 2016

This week has been dominated by European politicians commenting on what the UK Government is doing - or not doing. Needless to say that Scotland and the UK are being judged and we are clearly coming out better from this. Continue reading

Scotland In Europe Update 23rd September 2016

This week there was even more confirmation that the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) really is at death's door. On Monday the Commission conceded that it had still to successfully negotiate even one of the proposed twenty four chapters of TTIP (mentioned at 1 min 50 secs):ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I126400&videolang=INT&devurl=http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player/config.cfm Continue reading

Scotland in Europe Update- 16 September 2016

This has been a busy week and whilst no further clarity has emerged from the UK government a lot has happened in Edinburgh and on the Continent. On Wednesday Nicola Sturgeon appeared before the Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee outlining her fears about the potential damage caused by Brexit. You can read more here. Continue reading

Brexit Bulletin 26 August 2016

Friday has rolled around once more, so it must be time for the Brexit Bulletin, a weekly roundup of some of the key stories from the world of Brexit.  As always, I hope you're finding these updates useful, and please feel free to share and encourage others to register at www.alynsmith.eu/stay_informed Continue reading

Scotland and Europe update September 9th 2016

Welcome to your latest weekly bulletin on Scotland and Europe. As we’ve been told again this week, Brexit means Brexit. But what does Brexit mean? Why, Brexit of course! David Davis' statement this week certainly didn't leave us any wiser. Continue reading

Scotland and Europe update September 2nd 2016

Welcome to the latest weekly bulletin on Scotland and Europe. I am committed as one of Scotland's MEPs to keep constituents up to date as we all try to make sense of the shambles that is Brexit. Everyone is now back to work in Brussels and London, but Theresa May’s message to Europe has not changed in two months: there is still no message, and this, understandably, gets on our European friends’ nerves with - again - the EU calling on the UK to get its act together and present a negotiating position.www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/01/uk-should-get-act-together-to-decide-on-brexit-terms-says-top-eu-figure Continue reading

August 19th Brexit Bulletin

Once again welcome to my latest Brexit Bulletin. It has never been more important to keep up to date with what is happening with Scotland in Europe, and I am committed to keeping my constituents up to date with developments. Please do feel free to share this update, encourage people to register for more at www.alynsmith.eu/stay_informed and I hope you find it useful. Continue reading