Scotland in Europe Update: 22nd May 2019

Yesterday Theresa May unveiled a contradictory and undeliverable ten-point plan to try and secure Brexit for the Tories. In contrast the SNP offer simple plan: Stop Brexit and protect Scotland’s Place in Europe. You can read our full manifesto here:

https://www.snp.org/eu/

As you may have noticed this update is winging its way to your inboxes a few days earlier than normal. In fact, this is the first bulletin since the referendum that has not gone out on a Friday but it is, I hope you will agree, for a good reason: tomorrow Scotland will get to vote in European Parliament elections.

That we have the opportunity is a triumph but we must take advantage of what we have achieved. Let’s all get out and vote to send a clear message that Scotland wants to stop Brexit. I have supported this from the morning after the referendum when it became clear that Scotland voted to remain. I have stood up for Scotland in the European Parliament, the European Court of Justice and back home on the campaign trail. We have come a long way since June 2016 but we are not there yet.

Vote SNP tomorrow to show your support for remaining in the EU.

Yours aye,

Alyn

 


 

Nicola Sturgeon met with people from other EU countries who live in Scotland. Her message was clear: you are welcome here and we want you to stay.

https://twitter.com/NicolaSturgeon/status/1130876965387407360

You can read Theresa May’s ten point plan to get her deal through. To be honest it is probably not worth it since more MPs are stating they will vote against it than last time!

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pms-speech-on-new-brexit-deal-21-may-2019

The Brexit party has a new name for no deal: a ‘clean Brexit’. The problem is that it doesn’t exist, as Catherine Barnard and Anand Menon explain.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/21/clean-brexit-party-no-deal

Ian Dunt wrote an excellent summary of where we were by last weekend. The short version? There is an awful lot of time-wasting going on in Westminster.

https://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2019/05/17/week-in-review-a-complete-and-utter-waste-of-seven-weeks

Darren Loucaides at the Guardian has written a very good long read on how Nigel Farage is copying the Five Star Movement.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/21/brexit-party-nigel-farage-italy-digital-populists-five-star-movement

Carlos Closa has explained how the European Parliament has a central role in the Brexit negotiations.

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2019/05/16/understanding-the-enhanced-role-of-the-european-parliament-in-the-brexit-negotiations/

The European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection has released an important report on Freedom of Movement of Services.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2019/638394/IPOL_STU(2019)638394_EN.pdf

The European Parliament has also put together a handy fact sheet on the EU and the WTO.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/fiches_techniques/2017/N53950/en.pdf

Kitty Stewart (LSE) has written an interesting piece on EU state aid rules.

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2019/05/21/long-read-does-the-eu-stop-britain-from-using-state-aid-to-help-its-economy/

The House of Commons Library has put together a useful summary and analysis of the results of local elections held in England and Northern Ireland on 2 May 2019.

https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8566#fullreport

Finally, the 19th May was World Bee Day. To find out more about the work of the EU to protect bees, just click here.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/conservation/species/pollinators/index_en.htm