SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today used a major European Parliament debate to remind the EU of the case for Scottish independence.Read more
THE days are starting to draw out, snowdrops are peeking through, the daffodils are sprouting, the trees are coming into bud, and for political anoraks up down Scotland it all means only one thing. Spring Party Conference season is upon us. Yay. The Labour Party conference kicked off last weekend and it was truly enlightening, albeit unintentionally. Like many, I was bemused by the bizarre comments from Sadiq Khan in his remarkably ill-judged remarks, but it seems Scottish Labour HQ can’t even smear us competently.
First published in The National, 2 March 2017.Read more
Madam Vice-Rector, Professors, friends, good morning, or dzień dobry as I should say, and thank you for the invite back to my old college. It’s great to see how the place has gone from strength to strength since I studied here in 1995. We were the first year fully in Warsaw, and it was a time of great energy, excitement, and not a little upset for people. The Berlin Wall was still not long down, the initial euphoria of regaining freedom from the USSR had dissipated somewhat and the hard job of building a nation was underway. I have very happy memories of my time here and hope you're enjoying your time as much.Read more
Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, today emphasised that Scotland welcomes EU veterinary surgeons.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) wrote to the Prime Minister emphasising their concern that “the ongoing uncertainty for non-British EU citizens, could seriously impact the veterinary profession’s ability to fulfil its essential roles.”
We're all set for Thursday and the start of the SNP Conference, where we’ll finally find out, as the first item of business, who the members have elected as depute leader. It is worth getting a few things on the record beforehand, as the process has been a useful one for the party and we need to keep a few of the points on the agenda.
First published in The National,11 October 2016Read more
ANYONE who did not believe that the European Question is the defining attribute of politics in these islands is in no doubt after Sunday. Different people come to independence for different reasons. I’ve always been motivated by the difference Scotland could make in the world, and the difference we could make to the lives of Scots by taking control over our own lives and making decisions here.
First published in The National, 4 October 2016Read more
As I’ve been travelling the country on the SNP Depute hustings trail, it is clear that the European Question is going to be the defining attribute of politics in these islands for years ahead. It is important to get it right, and where Scotland voted unanimously across each local authority area to remain, we must remember it was not unanimous.
First published in The National, 27 September 2016Read more
Following reports that the UK may have to revert to World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs, Alyn Smith MEP has written to David Davis seeking urgent clarification on what – if any – arrangements have been made to protect Scotland’s agriculture industry.Read more
Contributing to the annual EU State of the Union debate in Strasbourg today, SNP MEP Alyn Smith slammed the deeply dishonest Leave campaign in the UK, and appealed to European colleagues for time while the implications of what Brexit actually means are worked out.Read more