Foreign Affairs

I am a full member of the European Parliament's prestigious Committee for Foreign Affairs, which sees me working on wide-reaching issues between EU and non-EU countries. I am also a full member of both the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula, and the Delegation for relations with Iraq - an ideal role for the Glasgow boy who grew up in Saudi Arabia.


Joanna Cherry QC MP and Alyn Smith MEP have hailed the Judgment issued today (Monday) by the European Court of Justice in "the Scottish Case" confirming categorically that the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50.

SNP Member of the European Parliament Mr Alyn Smith, one of the co-litigants in the "Scottish Case" brought by Scottish Parliamentarians from the Scottish, Westminster and European Parliaments on the terms of revocation of Article 50 has issued comment on the Opinion of the Advocate General issued today.

The SNP team in the European Parliament, Ian Hudghton MEP and Alyn Smith MEP, has today taken part in a protest to highlight the ongoing incarceration of former MEP Catalan colleagues Raül Romeva and Oriol Junqueras.

IN a bleak world at home and abroad we need to take our victories where we find them, and this week has been a good week for the EU and for liberal democracy.

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First published in The National, 20 September 2018

"WE’LL just revert to WTO terms!” shriek the Brexiteers when challenged that the EU stuff is a bit complex. I’ll let you into a secret: anyone saying that clearly doesn’t understand what they’re talking about and should be quarantined as a dangerous fool.

Scotland’s best interests are emphatically to stay in the EU, but lets look at the reality of WTO membership. If you didn’t like Brussels, wait till you meet Geneva!

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First published in The National, 2 August 2018

I’VE noticed lately that more people are getting in touch with me about Brexit, not just raising particular points but expressing their own unhappiness and anxiety generally over the whole thing. The UK Government, in the grip of Brexit Ultras like Jacob Rees-Mogg, has decided to pull the UK, and Scotland with it, over the cliff edge of a hard Brexit.

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First published in The National, 22 February 2018

Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has led a key report on Hong Kong twenty years after the UK’s handover to China, which was adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg today with an overwhelming majority of 490 out of 589.


I FELT and still do feel heartsick watching the events unfold in Catalonia. I also feel let down and dispirited by the response of the international community. Never has it been more clear that states do not have permanent friends or values, they only have permanent interests. Realpolitik is a cold, ugly thing to see in action.

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First published in The National, 06 October 2017

The European Parliament met yesterday (Tuesday) to debate the state of play of the Brexit negotiations.

During a fruitful discussion in the chamber, SNP MEP Alyn Smith praised the unity of purpose while condemning the UK’s actions thus far as “not good enough”.

THERESA May’s official visit to Canada this Monday was a fiasco. Hastily organised on the premise of the UN summit in New York, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was polite enough to host his UK counterpart, yet no agreement on trade was reached. 

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First published in The National, 20 September 2017