"June referendum disrespectful, home nations must have EU say."
MEPs Alyn Smith, Martina Anderson and Jill Evans representing the SNP, Sinn Fein and Plaid Cymru have today (Wednesday) intervened in a European Parliament debate on the EU proposals, which may form a basis for agreement to be presented by the UK Prime Minster in a referendum on EU membership.Read more
In response to allegations in the Times this weekend, MEP Alyn Smith has written to the Editor to clarify that the European Union will not criminalise hypothetical holidaymakers who rescue migrants from a capsized boat.Read more
SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith has called for an EU investigation into the legality of UK and other EU member states arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The move follows pressure from the SNP Group at Westminster and legal action by CAAT and other NGOs in the English High Court.Read more
Poland's Prime Minister is promised 'a lively' discussion.
European Parliament prepares to debate the state of the rule of law and restrictions to press freedom in Poland in Strasbourg tomorrow (Tuesday).Read more
UK still in the dark about eu referendum date
The Netherlands will host a ministerial conference and other high level meetings during the Dutch presidency of the European Council starting in January 2016. As the Dutch set the agenda for the first half of next year, they undertake to make the EU ‘simpler and more workable’.Read more
Human rights must top world’s agenda in 2016
The EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019 is due to be implemented next year, further integrating human rights into all external policies of the European Union.Read more
A symbolic empty chair for Saudi blogger in the European Parliament in Strasbourg
An empty seat was left in the European Parliament today (Wednesday) for Raif Badawi, Saudi blogger and activist, winner of this year's prestigious Sakharov prize for freedom of expression.
EU to protect human rights defenders.
On International Human Rights Day, Alyn Smith, Scottish member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, has welcomed the European Commission’s declaration to launch the first-of-its-kind comprehensive Human Rights Defenders initiative, assisting human rights defenders at high risk.Read more
So after all the rhetoric and spin, despite 97% of Scotland's representatives voting against, Scotland is again involved in what I believe to be a misguided military adventure in the Middle East. I fear for the future, there and here, and I struggle to see much cause for optimism. The stated aim of the intervention, to tackle the odious gathering of psychopaths, misogynists and gangsters which calls itself the Islamic State will I fear prove entirely counterproductive.
First published in The Sunday Herald, 18 October 2015Read more
Alyn writes calling for clemency.
As execution looms for at least 50 people on death row in jails across Saudi Arabia, including juveniles and Shi’a activists, Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has written to the Vice President of the Saudi Majlis as-Shura urging him to take all possible actions to prevent the beheadings.Read more