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  • Scotland in Europe Update 18th August 2017

    My thoughts and solidarity go out to Barcelona, a wonderful city reeling from yesterday’s horrific attack. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani released a statement unequivocally condemning the attack, and the Parliament fell silent today to commemorate the victims. We live in frightening, unsettling times, but as a wise woman once said, we have far more in common than that which divides us. Stay safe. Yours aye,  Alyn
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  • Scotland in Europe Update 11th August 2017

    So this week the main action took place in Scotland as ministers from the Scottish and UK Governments met to discuss the Great Repeal Bill. The current bill is a blatant power grab and will mean a range of devolved policy areas currently controlled by the Scottish Parliament will be returned to Westminster and Whitehall.
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  • Scotland in Europe Update 4th August 2017

    Last week the UK Government looked at undermining our farmers and food standards through a TTIP style US trade deal; this week Michael Gove began selling out Scottish fishermen. (And coverage in English: In a marked contrast to the rhetoric of Leave in Scotland it seems that foreign boats will continue to access Scottish waters after Brexit. I am not sure many will be surprised by the volte-face but the audacity of it all is breath taking.
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  • Be warned: if the cyber extremists win then all of Scotland loses

    The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge one exists. I’m concerned about how politics and current affairs are discussed and debated online - worldwide and across the UK if it comes to it - but I think we need to do a few things differently in Scotland. The technological changes we’re currently going through in terms of how people access and process information about the world around us is unprecedented, similar only to the development of radio and TV mass media but much more powerful even than them. First published in The Sunday Herald, 9 July 2017 
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  • Scottish MEP welcomes German equal marriage vote

    Commenting on today’s vote by German MPs to legalise same-sex marriage, Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup said:
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  • Credit where it’s due – it’s EU that has ended mobile roaming charges

    ONE of the few good news stories to emerge from the UK’s decision to leave the EU is that people have started to engage with European politics in a more active way. I admit this is ironic but it means that for the first time people are aware of developments in the EU beyond that being covered by the major news outlets. First published in The National, 28 June 2017
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  • Scottish MEP reacts to day one of Brexit negotiations

    Alyn Smith SNP MEP has delivered the following statement following the first day of the Brexit negotiations in Brussels. "I wondered how I'd feel watching the Tory minister negotiating away our future. Now I know. Angry. Scotland deserves better than this, as does the UK as a whole. 
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  • Good news for Europe, and bad news for the fascists

    LIKE many, I was delighted by the result in the local elections seeing so many hard-working folk elected to positions of real responsibility in the service of their communities. It was great to see. But there was also the result over the weekend from France, where Centrist Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory over the Front National’s Marine Le Pen in the French Presidential election, 66 per cent to 34 per cent. Good news for Europe, bad news for the fascists, even if the fact they were in the second round at all should give us pause. But a win is a win is a win, and after the seemingly endless gut punch that was 2016, we can be forgiven for focusing on a bit of cheery news for a change. First published in The National, 10 May 2017
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  • European Parliament Recognises Scotland’s Remain Vote

    Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament and Joan McAlpine, SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament have today welcomed the draft European Parliament resolution which will form the basis of the first official response to the triggering of Article 50 by the UK government.
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  • Alyn urges Scottish applications for EU animal welfare board

    In a move set to promote animal welfare throughout the EU, the European Commission has today (Tuesday) created a dedicated animal welfare platform. 
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