A ROSE by any other name might still smell as sweet, but what if the price increased by 14 per cent and you had to drive 10 miles to the supermarket because your local florist had been forced to close?
While floristry is a big industry, it’s composed of many small local retailers, all of whom are in serious danger. Not that I’m advocating you rush out right now and buy a bumper bouquet for your nearest and dearest (although we could all do with getting brownie points while we can), but this is just one example of the unforeseen consequences of Brexit.
First published in The National, 4 April 2018Read more
Welcome to my latest Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) update.
The SNP MEPs (myself and Ian Hudghton) have set out clear red lines and we will not compromise upon them. The NHS and other public services must be clearly carved out, European standards must not be compromised and corporations must not be given any special rights to sue governments that pursue policies they disagree with.
The SNP's Members of the European Parliament have today written to European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager repeating calls for a full EU investigation into the tax payment settlement between HMRC and Google UK.Read more
It may be Christmas but the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) does not stop for festivities, and there have been a few developments - some good, some bad - here in Brussels.
Today SNP Members of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and Ian Hudghton voted to protect the freedom of Internet users.
Unfortunately the Parliament voted against various amendments to the flawed European Telecom Single Market (TSM) Package. As passed this compromises the principle of Internet neutrality that should ensure all information is treated equally.Read more
Alyn Smith announces letter from Nicola Sturgeon urging David Cameron to veto TTIP if the NHS is not exempted
Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament, announced at the 2015 SNP Conference a letter from Nicola Sturgeon to the UK Government urging David Cameron to use his veto in the EU Council to stop the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) if the NHS is not explicitly exempted.Read more
Locally manufactured goods and handicraft products should be given EU-wide protection, declared MEPs in Strasbourg today.Read more
Scotland’s farmers gained significant support yesterday as Alyn Smith MEP won strong backing from Agriculture MEPs for tough legislative action against Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs).Read more
Supermarket giant Tesco has delivered a stinging blow to Scotland’s farmers by selling imported lamb beneath a banner proclaiming support for Scottish sheep farmers.Read more