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  • Brexit Threat to Animal Welfare

    Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, today emphasised that Scotland welcomes EU veterinary surgeons. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) wrote to the Prime Minister emphasising their concern that “the ongoing uncertainty for non-British EU citizens, could seriously impact the veterinary profession’s ability to fulfil its essential roles.”
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  • Alyn hails 'moral victory' of updated anti-torture legislation

    Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has voted today (Tuesday) to oppose and restrict the trade of goods used for torture and capital punishment. 
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  • Pulteneytown People’s Project scoops ‘Best Social Enterprise’ at Highland Business Awards 2016

    The Pulteneytown People’s Project has romped home with the coveted ‘Social Enterprise Award’ at the 2016 Highland Business Awards. (L-R) Gail Ross MSP, Kenneth McElroy of the Caithness Broch Project, and Alyn Smith MEP in Telford's Cafe at the Pulteney Centre, home of the Pulteney People's Project.
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  • Alyn Smith MEP vows to champion animal welfare in Brexit deal

    Scottish MEP and Honorary Vice President of the Scottish SPCA Alyn Smith has today backed a report from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) outlining key animal welfare areas that must be protected in the Brexit negotiation, and vowed to protect and defend existing animal welfare rules. 
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  • Survey

    Scottish Leave voter consultation

    There are 16 questions in this survey, it should take around 5-10 minutes to complete. 

    Responses will be kept confidential and used only by Alyn Smith and his office in his capacity as Member of the European Parliament. You can learn more here.

    This survey is for Scottish residents, data from elsewhere will be deleted. If you live elsewhere please use the European Parliament website to find your MEP and get in touch with them.

    It is clear that the European Question is going to be the defining attribute of politics in these islands for the months and years ahead. It is important to get it right, and where Scotland voted unanimously across each local authority area to remain, we must remember it was not unanimous. I’m not going to write off or ignore 38% of the vote, not least when the Brexit process has not even begun to start. We are committed to get the best deal possible for Scotland in whatever Scotland’s future brings. I don’t dismiss any possibility, and I don’t dismiss the idea too that, even within the chaos, there might be opportunities for us to grasp.

    Brexit is a huge unknown. I campaigned to remain in the EU because I am convinced it is the best option for Scotland short of independence in Europe. But it is not the only option. Right now, things are so much in flux that nobody can see all the possible outcomes. As ever, we will do what is best for Scotland.

    I think there were a number of reasons why people voted Leave, but I want to actually hear from Leave voters, not second guess them. As the reality of Brexit emerges I want to maintain a dialogue.

    As a democrat, I respect Leave voters, and have commenced this consultation to see how people are thinking. I believe that there is common ground - and a desire to do what is best for Scotland - on all sides. I hope that Leave voters will engage in the spirit I intend.

  • Alyn backs Scotland's third sector on Brexit dangers

    SNP Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith has today spoken at a high-profile third sector conference to warn of the dangers of Brexit, and to assure the sector of his continued support.  He highlighted estimates that losses to the sector could start at £200million a year, rising to £500million by 2020. This adds to the already challenging financial and regulatory picture charities face.
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  • Edinburgh recognised for smart investment in culture

    EUROCITIES hail the capital as the best practice example. Edinburgh and Dundee have been selected by EUROCITIES as a best practices examples to be showcased in the Culture for Cities and Regions catalogue.
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  • Leadsom could seriously damage Scottish farming

    Alyn Smith MEP, the only Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, has expressed concern at the appointment of Andrea Leadsom as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs after her arguments that farming “subsidies must be abolished”.
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  • Scotland did not let you down; do not let Scotland down

    Standing ovation in the European Parliament for Scotland's place in EU.  SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today addressed the European Parliament making clear Scotland’s desire to continue our membership of the EU – and received an unprecedented standing ovation from MEPs.
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  • Scotland votes to remain in the EU

    In Scotland, we won the EU referendum, emphatically and beyond doubt, and in every community from Shetland to Stranraer. I shared platforms up and down the nation in more meetings than I can remember with decent folk from all politics and none, Labour, Greens, LibDems and Tories, putting aside our differences to work on what we agree are Scotland's best interests.
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