Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the appointment of Guy Verhofstadt MEP as the European Parliament’s lead negotiator on Brexit.Read more
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
This week, despite Boris Johnson’s claim that “Britain will continue to play a leading role in Europe”, it seems the very opposite is happening.
After the European Commission appointed Michel Barnier, the City of London’s nemesis, to lead Brexit talks last week, we now have more news on how difficult the talks will be.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP has today (Friday) launched a new service to constituents, a Brexit Bulletin of the latest events on the twists and turns as Brexit, whatever Brexit is, rolls forward. The Bulletin will be sent out to constituents and published each Friday with a series of stories and facts from around the continent, especially to inform the Brexit debate in Scotland. Anyone can register to receive it at www.alynsmith.eu/stay_informed.Read more
The last years have been a rollercoaster for the nation but also for me personally. The EU referendum was our fourth national vote in 21 months, with the energy from the 2014 independence vote still buzzing around and making the EU ref all the more other-worldly by comparison. In the last few months we have seen the worst of politics and politicians, but we have seen the best of the people of Scotland and the SNP membership.
First published in The National, 12 July 2016Read more
Five out of six of Scotland's Members of the European Parliament from the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives today committed themselves to work as Team Scotland on issues where they can co-operate after the UK Referendum result.
I was dreading going back to Brussels this week, but I have never had so many hugs, tears and best wishes from colleagues. I was fighting back tears myself as I reported to our political group how the campaign went. Sometimes people forget politicians are actually human beings, we’re passionate about what we do and emotional creatures like everyone else. A lot of us are still working through a sort of grief at something we all lost on June 23. Something that was taken away.
First published in The Sunday Herald, 18 October 2015Read more
Standing ovation in the European Parliament for Scotland's place in EU.
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today addressed the European Parliament making clear Scotland’s desire to continue our membership of the EU – and received an unprecedented standing ovation from MEPs.Read more
"I very much appreciated the message of your First Minister to EU citizens in Scotland, as did my daughter studying at Glasgow university. Let me know how I can help Scotland.”
This a text message from a senior EU official, and the moment my own mood changed. The scale of last Thursday’s events has barely sunk in. Across the continent people are stunned, sad, horrified.
First published in The National, 28 June 2016Read more