Scotland in Europe Update 14th October: First Minister announces plans to keep Scotland in the Single Market
It's business as usual at SNP Conference right now, with the First Minister promising that the SNP will be working hard to find ways to keep Scotland in the Single Market. The UK Government has made it clear that there's no plan beyond hard-line rhetoric, so the Scottish Government will be setting out a plan for Scotland. A hard Brexit will change the UK, and Scotland deserves the right to choose its best future. Click here to read the First Minister's speech in full.
This week we finally saw that the Tories have bought the UKIP lie: hook, line and sinker. Anyone who did not believe that the European Question is the defining attribute of politics in these islands is in no doubt after Theresa May’s speech to Conservative Party Conference last Sunday.Read more
This week has been dominated by European politicians commenting on what the UK Government is doing - or not doing. Needless to say that Scotland and the UK are being judged and we are clearly coming out better from this.Read more
This week there was even more confirmation that the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) really is at death's door. On Monday the Commission conceded that it had still to successfully negotiate even one of the proposed twenty four chapters of TTIP (mentioned at 1 min 50 secs):
This has been a busy week and whilst no further clarity has emerged from the UK government a lot has happened in Edinburgh and on the Continent.
On Wednesday Nicola Sturgeon appeared before the Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee outlining her fears about the potential damage caused by Brexit. You can read more here.
Welcome to the latest weekly bulletin on Scotland and Europe. I am committed as one of Scotland's MEPs to keep constituents up to date as we all try to make sense of the shambles that is Brexit.
Everyone is now back to work in Brussels and London, but Theresa May’s message to Europe has not changed in two months: there is still no message, and this, understandably, gets on our European friends’ nerves with - again - the EU calling on the UK to get its act together and present a negotiating position.
Once again, it's time for your weekly Brexit Bulletin, a brief roundup of the stories you may have missed on all things Brexit. The Scottish Government continues to take matters seriously, and the smart move in appointing Michael Russell as EU negotiations Minister shows we're putting our heavy hitters in place for what is to come.
Once again welcome to my latest Brexit Bulletin. It has never been more important to keep up to date with what is happening with Scotland in Europe, and I am committed to keeping my constituents up to date with developments.
Please do feel free to share this update, encourage people to register for more at www.alynsmith.eu/stay_informed and I hope you find it useful.Read more
Welcome to my latest Brexit Bulletin, designed to keep you up to date with the various ramifications of Brexit and what we are doing to ensure Scotland's best interests are protected. It has never been more important to keep up to date with what is happening with Scotland in Europe, and I am committed to keeping my constituents up to date with developments. I'm afraid there may well not be much good news, but the Scottish government, most of Scotland's politicians and I are resolved, we will dig in and get the best deal we can for the people we serve.Read more