Results 1–20 of 23 for brexit speaker:John Swinney

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: This statement is being delivered just 23 days away from the possibility of a catastrophic no-deal Brexit. Scottish ministers have always been clear that Scotland did not choose to leave the European Union and that it is wrong to take us out against our will, which is a view that is shared by many across the parliamentary chamber. We have also consistently done as much as possible to achieve...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: ...Mr Cameron’s interim leader in Scotland has made it expressly clear that the Conservative Party in Scotland would countenance and accept the leaving of the European Union without a deal to enable Brexit to happen. That is a complete volte-face on the Conservative position in Scotland, which ignores the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland; the people of Scotland will not forget...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: I agree with Mr Rowley that a no-deal Brexit represents the inflicting of unnecessary harm on individuals in Scotland. I am aware of Mr Rowley’s long-standing—if not lifelong—commitment to tackling poverty in the communities that he represents, and it would be those selfsame people who would suffer most acutely as a consequence of a no-deal Brexit. I agree with Mr Rowley that the...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: ...having to redeploy resources to take account of the planning that is required. A developing number of staff are being allocated to these priorities as we get closer to the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, and the finances and costs involved in that are recounted in the paper that I published today. The Government is having to provide for a significant financial undertaking, and we are...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: ...night, Scottish Government officials were given a copy of the report that the United Kingdom Government is publishing this afternoon, as I understand it. We have taken part in a number of no-deal Brexit planning meetings with the United Kingdom Government—albeit that ministers have taken part in a minority of those meetings. I will take part in two such meetings this week and Mr Russell...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: ...understand the decimation that the UK Government has inflicted on local government in England. We have given an allocation to local authorities. I announced today that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, particular programmes will be put in place to support local authority expenditure on mitigating poverty. I have just come from a meeting with the leadership of COSLA—it was just before I...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: The first thing that I will say to Claire Baker is that it is nonsensical, when we all know the scale of poverty that exists in our society, to wander into a no-deal Brexit that all the analysis tells us will exacerbate poverty. If there is ever an example of recklessness and the harshness and lack of concern of a Conservative Government, this is it: to pile problems on those who are already...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: Some weeks ago, the Government decided that if we were to face the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, we would want to make sure that we equipped the farming and crofting community with as much protection and support as we possibly could in advance of that. Last Friday, we were very pleased that the first payments were made to that community, with more than £327 million arriving in the bank...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Preparations (8 Oct 2019)

John Swinney: ..., many of which are small and medium-sized enterprises. Much of the advice will have to be enhanced, given the scale of the burdens that are being added to business by the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Some of the support relates to direct financial interventions. I know that such interventions do not always sit comfortably with those on the Conservative benches, but this is an...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2019-20 (4 Sep 2019)

John Swinney: ...emergency situation that prevails in the House of Commons. It is supposedly under the leadership of a Conservative Government, but it looks, in how it is conducting itself, like leadership by a Brexit Party Government, with behaviour like that of Nigel Farage. The contrast between the two Governments could not be greater, which brings me to the substance of the programme for Government. My...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Membership (6 Jun 2019)

John Swinney: ...is over here trying to get his hands on the NHS. We will have nothing to do with that on this Government’s watch; the same cannot be said for the Tories and the mess that they have got us into on Brexit.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (6 Sep 2018)

John Swinney: ...Finance, Economy and Fair Work to increase capital expenditure to £1.5 billion above 2019-20 levels by the middle of the next decade is a clear indication of the importance—especially in a post-Brexit climate—of investing in the capital estate of the country. That is an investment in employment and productivity in the Scottish economy. I have two final observations about speeches of...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (6 Sep 2018)

John Swinney: ...unbelievable lack of self-awareness from the Conservatives—was Donald Cameron telling us that what was missing from the programme for government was the First Minister’s explanation of a post-Brexit vision for Scotland. We are terrified by the post-Brexit vision for Scotland because of the farce that the Tory party has inflicted upon us and this country, and for Jackson Carlaw to say...

Scottish Parliament: Taxation (16 Nov 2017)

John Swinney: ...can fund public services effectively to meet the needs of people in our country and to invest in developing the Scottish economy, given the significant economic challenges that we face arising from Brexit. Those are the issues that the Government will discuss as part of the consultation with members of the public. That is the right approach, and the finance secretary will announce the...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Budget (16 Nov 2017)

John Swinney: ...wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 10 November, ahead of the forthcoming budget. The letter called on the chancellor to recognise the serious challenges that Scotland faces as a result of Brexit, to bring forward sustainable measures to boost the economy, and to ease the pressure on the public sector and those who work in it. The cabinet secretary also urged the United Kingdom...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (26 Sep 2017)

John Swinney: The meeting with the United Kingdom Government was a useful opportunity for an exchange of views on Brexit, including discussion of the Scottish Government’s proposed amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which were published jointly with the Welsh Government last week. The discussions were constructive, and we repeated our willingness to discuss where common frameworks may be...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (5 Sep 2017)

John Swinney: Will Ruth Davidson tell members whether she thinks that filling of vacancies in the national health service will be helped or hindered by Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (5 Sep 2017)

John Swinney: ...times. That boldness of our agenda has been reflected in the contributions that we have heard in Parliament this afternoon. One of the other significant themes of the debate has been comments about Brexit. I welcome what Lewis Macdonald said about this Government’s handling of the deep and serious issues affecting the powers and responsibilities of this Parliament that would result from...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

John Swinney: ...statement and inviting the Scottish Government to make its contribution to the UK Government process. However, what has not protected us has been the UK Government’s decision to go for a hard Brexit, which many leave voters did not want to happen. What we have seen, stage by stage, is the opportunity for the Scottish Government to make progress on that question being ruled out by the...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

John Swinney: ...Kingdom has got to. The question is what we do about that. That brings me to Mr Rowley’s fine contribution to the debate. He said that we cannot allow the Tories to dictate the terms of a hard Brexit. I unreservedly agree with him in that respect, but we are being marched, step by step, over the cliff to a hard Brexit by a United Kingdom Government that is not representing the values and...


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