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.
Speaking in the Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg, Alyn said:
"President, thank you. I'd pick up on Guy Verhofstadt's point about how euroskeptics and populists have been beaten three times in recent elections. Well, actually it's four. In Scotland we saw them off handsomely, with 62% of the vote in favour of remaining within our European family, and we remain in favour of remaining within our European family. Scotland will not be silent, passive bystanders within this process.
"I'd also urge you - where the people of Scotland want to work with our friends and colleagues across the EU - there is a deliberate wilful agenda within UK politics to misrepresent and demonise this process and the personalities involved within it. We've heard it today. Don't give them more ammunition. Don't give them what they want. This is them getting their excuses in early: 'Brexit would have gone great except for those bloody foreigners.' That is the narrative they are trying to kid the British people with - don't give them what they want. It's not in Scotland's name.
"And on the guidelines, Mr President, I read them with a heavy heart, but while I see little to dislike I would urge the suspension of the 'nothing is agreed until everything is agreed' principle for citizens' rights. You could give real impetus to this by committing to an early agreement on this issue. We could make that work now, for all of our citizens."
A video of Alyn's speech in plenary is available to view on his YouTube Channel: