Scotland in Europe Update: 13th December 2019

After three and half years of chaos, ineptitude and the dawning realisation that Brexit will be neither what was promised, nor will it be finished any time soon, the people of the UK still elected a Tory government.

That means that the SNP’s MEPs will come back to Scotland soon, for the last time as part of the UK.

As the fog clears on the morning after the night before, there is a twinkle of good news for Scotland within the devasting news from the rest of the UK. The SNP – a pro-Remain party – won 48 out of the 59 seats in Scotland.

From Scotland, we have sent a very clear message – we don't want a Boris Johnson government and we don't want to leave the EU.

Alyn has been elected as Member of the Westminster Parliament for beautiful Stirling, the heart of Scotland. He would like to thank all of his activists and supporters, and everyone who voted for him. He’ll not let you down as he takes his years of European experience to Westminster. facebook.com/...

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This election is more than a vote for a party

THE past few years of turmoil, tension, and trudging to the polling station have left us scunnered, politicians and voters alike. When you open the morning paper or tap the Twitter icon on your phone, it’s difficult to keep cheery when bombarded with a great tsunami of downbeat analysis and horrified commentary from people who find themselves staring at an oncoming Brexit juggernaut, one that has squatted over our domestic and international politics since 2015.

First published in The National, 11 December 2019

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Former Labour Councillor backs Alyn for Stirling MP

Former Labour Councillor for Bannockburn, Betty Kennedy, is backing SNP candidate Alyn Smith in Thursday’s General Election.

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Alyn Smith and Betty Kennedy

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Scotland in Europe Update: 6th December 2019

Next week the most important general election for as long as any of us can remember will take place. Its outcome will define Scotland and the UK for years to come. For all the noise, misinformation and – at times shrill – arguments the consequences of this election are refreshingly simple.

If Boris Johnson and the Tories get a majority across the UK then Scotland will be dragged out of the EU against its will by the end of January. If they don’t then there will be another extension and we won’t.

It is that simple.

 

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Warning over threat to business support in Stirling

SNP candidate Alyn Smith and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay have warned that amendments to business rates legislation could have a severe impact on business support in Stirling.

 Derek Mackay and Alyn Smith making a coffee at Groundhouse on King Street, Stirling with manager Diane.

Derek Mackay and Alyn Smith making a coffee at Groundhouse on King Street, Stirling with manager Diane.

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Scotland in Europe Update: 29th November 2019

Another Strasbourg week is done and dusted, and your MEPs have been hard at work representing Scotland in Europe. As Alyn said in his latest National column, if you’re doing Strasbourg properly, you rarely have any free time at all between votes, briefings and meetings, so there’s plenty to report this week!
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Aileen got us off to a flying start with her speech during the debate on climate change, calling for the European Parliament to not only declare a climate emergency but also to make sure nobody is left behind in the transition. "We need all countries across the EU and beyond to step up to the plate and to come to Glasgow next year with serious climate commitments." As many of you will remember, Aileen was our Climate Change Minister in the Scottish Government before she was an MEP, and earlier this year represented the European Parliament at the UN Climate Action Summit. We voted to support the Parliament declaring a climate emergency in Europe and now we need to see bolder climate action taken.
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Christian spoke for us in the debate on ‘Interference from other countries in our democracies and elections’, noting that “Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed last week that he had never seen any evidence of Russian interference in UK democratic processes. However, in December 2017, the then UK Foreign Secretary – Boris Johnson – said that he had seen evidence of Russian interference in UK democratic processes. Which Boris Johnson is telling the truth?” An evergreen question indeed.
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SNP MEP joins call for elimination of violence against women

Alyn Smith MEP has voted in favour of an EU-wide Convention that would compel states to guarantee minimum standards of responsibility to protecting women and girls from gender-based violence “in all its forms”.

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SNP back Dr von der Leyen's EU Commission

"Scotland voted to remain - we're the constructive internationalists"

The SNP Group in the European Parliament has today backed the approval of the new European Commission under Dr Ursula von der Leyen. This is despite the fact the UK has not nominated a Commissioner in breach of its legal obligation to do so.

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Vote SNP on December 12th to save our NHS

Stirling SNP candidate in the General Election Alyn Smith is urging voters to back the SNP on December 12 to save our NHS from privatisation.

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Scotland in Europe Update: 22nd November 2019

Manifestos are being launched and the General Election campaign is starting to take some shape. It is clear that the UK and Scotland are going to have to make a choice between remain and leave. The stakes could not be higher.

Christian has been standing up for Scottish fisherman by looking beyond the immediate noise of the campaign. Irrespective of who wins, the UK will have to take part in this December’s Fisheries Council and these talks are crucial. The scientific advice on certain key stocks is concerning and it is imperative that the UK is represented by a fully focused negotiating team.

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