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  • Scotland in Europe update 19th May 2017

    Sitting in Strasbourg this week debating the future of the EU negotiations whilst watching the UK General Election unfold was a surreal experience. The clock is ticking, we only have two years yet Theresa May has triggered Article 50 and then decided to waste precious time. It is a truly remarkable dereliction of duty. Obviously, Theresa May could have held the election before triggering Article 50. This would have given her the maximum time to negotiate but instead she is playing politics with people’s lives. Remember – whatever the Tory manifesto asserts – a no deal WTO scenario would be disastrous for Scotland and the UK.  
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  • "Scotland will not be silent" on Brexit

    Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, has today repeated the call for the EU to respect the wishes of the Scottish public to remain within "our European family" and to act now to protect the rights of citizens.
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  • Make food donations exempt from VAT, urges Alyn

    The European Parliament has today (Tuesday) backed a report calling for drastic measures in tackling food waste, aiming to slash food waste by 50% by 2030. This is designed to help tackle the 1.3 billion tons, or approximately one third of all food produced for human consumption, that is wasted every year.
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  • On LGBTI rights: "Progress is reversible"

    The Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith MEP has delivered a speech yesterday evening in the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, France, over the alarming situation of LGBTi rights and the EU guidelines to protect and uphold them, particularly in the aftermath of the revelations of LGBTi “purges” in Chechnya, Russia. The debate took place on the occasion of the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
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  • European Parliament needs to lead by example on EU nationals

    SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has raised the plight of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU in Brussels, saying that these rights must be agreed now before the rest of the Brexit negotiations  
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  • Scotland in Europe Update: 12th May 2017

    This week in the European Parliament there was an important joint hearing organised by the committees of Civil Liberties, Employment and Petitions. Many MEPs have emphasised the “moral duty” on all sides to end the uncertainty created for both EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals in the EU. What we need to change the weather on this is a unilateral act of generosity. On past record of Theresa May as Home Secretary and indeed as Prime Minister, I don’t think we’re going to see that from the UK Government.  If we agree that that act of generosity is in the interest of our citizens, surely the call should come from our parliament for that unilateral act of generosity to guarantee the rights of UK nationals across the EU. That will put, I hope, intolerable pressure on the UK Government to change its tone, to change its rhetoric, and to match that ambition and generosity. You can see my contribution here: and watch the interview with me afterwards here: Earlier in the week I was delighted by 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% to 34%. This was good news for Europe and 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. As always, I hope you continue to find these emails useful, and please do feel free to share this update and encourage people to register for more at Yours aye, Alyn    
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  • Scotland in Europe Update: 5th May 2017

    "The rocks are out to get us!" shrieks the captain, whilst steering us towards rocks. The Prime Minister’s response to the account of her dinner with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker shows just how low she will stoop. As the Tories become increasingly shrill it is clear that they are putting their party’s narrow interests before the interests of either Scotland or the UK. In case you missed it last weekend, the account of the dinner was published in FAZ, a German newspaper, and can be read here: There is a good summary in English of the main points here:
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  • 'Empathy fatigue' for EU nationals? You won't find that here

    ‘Empathy fatigue’ sounds like the kind of malaise that sits alongside Gauloises and Garbo, a dated phrase from another time. Not something you would associate with a vibrant, modern society, one more globally interconnected every day. First published in The National, 27 April 2017
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  • "Keep our Citizens Safe" - European Parliament approves Brexit mandate

    SNP MEPs Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith have today (Wednesday) voted, with heavy hearts, to approve a European Parliament negotiating mandate in response to the UK commencing the Article 50 process to leave the EU.  
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  • Don’t be distracted by the sound and fury around Brexit

    I’VE been doing politics a long time but I can’t recall navigating such an angry political environment. Some days it feels like the air is bubbling away with little pockets of fury. Even during the aftermath of the 2014 referendum, there was more hurt and less fury. But perhaps that’s because the 45 percent who voted for Scottish independence were still represented, via the Scottish Government, independent-leaning publications such as The National, and a sense that this energy would be focused into something more positive.  First published in The National, 5 April 2017
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