THERE’S been much said in Scotland lately about fishing, and how, potentially, Brexit might make the position of the fishing sector better. Tory politicians have even tried to pretend that if you’re pro-fishing you’re pro-Brexit, but this is just a typically cynical stunt and, sadly, the reality is far more complex. The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is, rightly, disliked by many people, and SNP MEPs from Winnie Ewing in 1979 to Ian Hudghton who currently sits on the Fisheries Committee, and myself, have called for it to be scrapped. But that does not mean leaving the EU, and MEPs have won significant reforms lately.
First published in The National, 18 May 2017Read more
Alyn Smith SNP MEP was invited to address the German Green Party conference in Muenster this month. Following a stirring speech in German, he received a standing ovation in support of his message of co-operation, solidarity and Europe. Read on for a translation and the full video:Read more
It has been a busy week. The big news is the Scottish Government has published a consultation on a draft Independence Referendum Bill.
This does not mean there will be another IndyRef, there is a long way to go yet, but if there is another it will not be because the result of the 2014 referendum has not been respected – it will be because the promises made to Scotland have not been kept.
The SNP Manifesto clearly stated that another IndyRef could be called “if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will.” It doesn't get more clear cut than that and, unlike the Tories who committed to the single market in their 2015 general election manifesto, we will stand by our promises.
In Brussels I have been busy meeting ministers from our Government and elsewhere in Europe. These have been productive and together we are building the good will needed across the EU. This groundwork is going to be essential for whatever happens next.
Elsewhere CETA got into even more difficulties, the EU's accounts were signed off again, and as an honorary vet I am deeply concerned about the potential impact of Brexit on animal welfare.Read more
They may have a cute name but microbeads are dangerous enough for President Obama to have banned them in rinse-off cosmetics in America. Now MEP Alyn Smith is alerting Scotland's citizens to the dangers of the beauty industry’s favourite microplastic.Read more
MEP Alyn Smith has urged consumers to take advantage of a new billion-pound programme to install smart meters in homes throughout the country.Read more
"A shockingly bad deal for UK taxpayers which Scotland opposes too"
Scottish Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and SNP Westminster Energy Spokesperson Callum McCaig MP have today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement from the Austrian government that it will formally challenge the UK proposed subsidy regime for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.Read more
Scottish National Party Euro MPs have welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today (Tuesday) which will see the EU take substantive action to reduce plastic bag usage all across the European Union.Read more
Alyn Smith SNP member of the European Parliament has welcomed the new EU rules on truck weights and dimensions adopted in Strasbourg today, which will provide for safer lorry cab design and allow manufacturers to increase the length of lorry cabs if this improves road safety and environmental performance.Read more
Alyn Smith, Scottish MEP and former member of the European Parliament’s Energy Committee, has hailed the announcement of new European investment in upgrading Scotland’s electricity network as a vote of confidence in Scotland’s renewables revolution.Read more
Alyn Smith, Scottish Member of the European Parliament and former member of the Parliament's Industry and Energy Committee, has lashed out at today's (Wednesday) decision by the European Commission to approve 19 billion EUR of support from the UK Government to the builders and operators of the new nuclear power plant at Hinckley Point, EDF Energy.Read more