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  • Scotland in Europe Update 17th November 2017

    This week there has been some brilliant news amongst the ongoing chaos of the Brexit Saga. Minimum Unit Pricing has passed its final legal hurdle and can now become law in Scotland. This will have a real impact: in the first year alone, minimum pricing could prevent 1,600 hospital admissions. You can read more from here: http://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk/campaigns-policy/minimum-pricing/ I would also like to thank all those who have been involved in this case. It has been a long road to get here. I have always disagreed with the Scottish Whisky Association’s case and I am pleased that European law is on our side.
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  • Scotland in Europe Update: 10th November 2017

    This week we have started to see indications of the trade choices we will face in the future. Wilbur Russ, Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, has warned that the UK must follow US regulations if it wants a US trade deal. theguardian.com/... In response Michel Barnier has made clear that a trade deal with the EU will involve following their standards. europa.eu/... This means that we now face a choice of whether we follow the European model or the American model. This decision will set for generations to come what we will eat and how we will live. If we choose to head down the American route our food quality will be lowered. We need to stand up for the high standards we currently enjoy, and support the Scottish farmers who grow that food.
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  • Scotland in Europe Update 3rd November 2017

    One of the most challenging aspects of the debate surrounding the UK’s vote to leave the EU is attempting to ascertain the facts. It is why I released the book Scotland in Europe (copies of which are available here: scotlandineurope.eu/book ). Events this week show the scale of the challenge we face. Not only is there misinformation being deliberately promoted by the Brexiteers but the UK Government is also trying to hide the facts from the people.  
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  • The EU's response to Catalonia was a poor show. Scotland should now offer to mediate

    I FELT and still do feel heartsick watching the events unfold in Catalonia. I also feel let down and dispirited by the response of the international community. Never has it been more clear that states do not have permanent friends or values, they only have permanent interests. Realpolitik is a cold, ugly thing to see in action. First published in The National, 06 October 2017
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  • Scots will realise independence in Europe is the only way out of this Brexit mess

    IF you voted Leave on the promise of more powers for Holyrood and a stronger Scottish Parliament, I’m sorry to say you’ve been had. As I write this, I find myself deflated by a vote in the House of Commons. You’d think I would know better by now. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill has been in principle agreed by the House of Commons, and now moves on to the detailed consideration in the Commons and Lords. This despite a clear majority of Scots rejecting Brexit across every local authority in the land, and an even clearer majority of Scotland’s representatives in the Mother of Parliaments rejecting it too.  First published in The National, 13 September 2017
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  • We must work together to correct harmful immigration falsehoods

    IN the last few months I’ve grown really weary of unthinking tribalism in Scottish politics. Like many SNP types, I started my political journey identifying most closely with the Labour Party. I never joined the party, as my time in Brussels and London that crystallised my view that Scotland could be better independent, but I still rejoiced at the 1997 election when Tony Blair’s Labour swept away the Tories. I joined the SNP the week after. It turns out 20 years is a long time in politics! But I say all that to prove that I’m up for coalitions.  First published in The National, 2 August 2017
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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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  • 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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