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  • Scotland in Europe update 24th February

    The EU has begun to get down to the nitty gritty details and has confirmed that they see the UK paying about €60 billion before leaving. It is not a simple process (the explanation from Politico that I have included covers it well) but remember this is just the first step. Nothing else can be discussed until this is agreed to by the UK. That means that for now all talk of trade deals, discussion over cross border healthcare, farming, environmental regulation, workers’ rights or consumer rights are just pipe dreams.
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  • SNP Deliver "Not Proven" Verdict on CETA

    In favour of a deal, just not this one. The SNP Members of the European Parliament Ian Hudghton MEP and Alyn Smith MEP have today (Wednesday) voted against giving consent to the EU-Canada Trade Agreement, known as CETA.  The Agreement was nevertheless approved by a majority of the Parliament, by 408 votes to 254 with 33 abstentions.
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  • Scotland in Europe update 10th Feb 2017

    This week has been challenging. As the House of Commons voted in favour of handing Theresa May a Brexit blank cheque, the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly against triggering Article 50. Never before has it been so apparent that the views of Scotland’s national legislature and those of Westminster are so at odds. In Holyrood the SNP were joined by the Greens, Liberal Democrats and the majority of Labour in opposing the UK Government’s ‘plan’.
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  • Countries that show Scotland can stay in single market even after Brexit by David Martin MEP and Alyn Smith MEP

    IT seems trite to say it, but protecting Scotland’s, and the UK’s, interests as Brexit rolls forward is not a simple exercise. Brexit is complicated and the solutions and processes to fix it will be complicated, not least because we have seen so little clarity from the UK Government on what it wants to achieve. It is the time for those of us who can work together to do so across parties and borders to find solutions. First published in The Herald Agenda, 7 February 2017  
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  • Scotland in Europe Update January 27th: it isn't a Bill, it is a Blank Cheque to the Tories.

    This week, by a majority of 8:3, the Supreme Court found that the UK Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of the UK Parliament. However, it was not all good news since although the UK Government lost the case the Court also concluded that they do not need to consult the devolved legislators such as the Scottish Parliament. This is the cold reality of the UK constitution where power devolved is power retained. It also graphically illustrates that the so called "partnership of equals” described in 2014 is just political fluff. The full judgment of the court is available from here: In response to this the UK Government has put forward a Bill to allow them to initiate article 50.  It is pitifully short and vague. In my opinion it isn't a Bill, it is a blank cheque to the Tories.  Reaching out to our European friends and explaining our proposition to keep Scotland in the Single Market is crucial. As part of this I delivered a lecture to the College of Europe in Warsaw. I lived in Poland in the nineties, when it was not a member of the European Union, and I know what Europe means to Poland. These were fascinating times and, in the same spirit, I want Scotland to remain in our family of European nations because we are better off.
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  • Scotland: A good news story for a troubled Europe

    Madam Vice-Rector, Professors, friends, good morning, or dzień dobry as I should say, and thank you for the invite back to my old college. It’s great to see how the place has gone from strength to strength since I studied here in 1995. We were the first year fully in Warsaw, and it was a time of great energy, excitement, and not a little upset for people. The Berlin Wall was still not long down, the initial euphoria of regaining freedom from the USSR had dissipated somewhat and the hard job of building a nation was underway.  I have very happy memories of my time here and hope you're enjoying your time as much.
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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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  • A welcome move for CCTV in French slaughterhouses

    AGRI MEP Alyn Smith has today (Friday) welcomed the French Parliament’s decision to push for video surveillance in slaughterhouses. 
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  • Scotland in Europe Update 23rd December 2016

    This week my thoughts are firmly with those affected by the horrific events in Germany. At times like these we must all work together to build bridges between nations and communities, not sow seeds of division through our words or actions.
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  • Belgium's Mannekin Pis 'is a true Scotsman!'

    To celebrate St Andrew's Day, Belgium's much-loved Mannekin Pis statue in Brussels has been decked out in a custom kilt outfit made from a specially-designed "Scotland in Europe" tartan. The design was a result of a competition run by Scottish Member of the European Parliament Mr Alyn Smith some years ago, and will be on display all day today.
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