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  • Scotland in Europe update: 23rd June 2017

    The negotiations have begun. 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. Once again, we've seen that Tory Prime Ministers prioritise their own party's stability over all else. It's painfully clear that the UK Government is woefully under-equipped to speak up for our country in global negotiations. This was revealed as the UK caved to every single EU demand on day one. The promise from David Davis that the debate over the sequencing of negotiations would be "row of the summer" never emerged as he stood in the EU Commission press room announcing that he would follow the outline produced by the EU.
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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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  • Scotland in Europe Update 16th June 2017

    The UK Government has decided to begin the negotiations to leave the EU next week: www.gov.uk/government/news/... These negotiations will begin without a plan, in fact, almost without a government since it does not seem likely that a deal with the DUP will be concluded beforehand. Theresa May and David Davis are simply out of their depth but clearly intend to carry on regardless. This is not sustainable. As the anniversary of the votes to remain within the EU, in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and leave the EU, in England and Wales, looms, I think we are closer than ever to seeing that the circle cannot be squared and the penny has to drop.
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  • Scotland in Europe update 2nd June 2017

    This week the EU quietly released two policy papers which lay out in great detail the EU 27’s stance on citizens’ rights and the financial settlement. The paper on essential principles on citizens' rights can be read here: ec.europa.eu/commission/... and the paper on the essential principles on the financial settlement here: ec.europa.eu/commission/... This includes a list of all the EU bodies for which the UK has some financial responsibility (including around 40 agencies). These show, once again the level of transparency that the EU is committed to. They also illustrate how well prepared the EU is for the negotiations ahead. The contrast to the UK’s ‘make it up as we go along’ stance could not be starker.  
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  • Scotland in Europe Update: 26th May 2017: Scotland in Europe Update: Flags fly half-mast for Manchester

      In a sad week, the outrage which took place in Manchester is almost beyond comprehension.  It goes without saying that our thoughts have been with the victims, their families and friends, and the emergency services.  Across the EU flags were lowered and people gathered to pay their respects and emphasise their solidarity: twitter.com/eucopresident/status/867328841588649984 twitter.com/Europarl_EN/status/867382137552556032
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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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