Results 1–20 of 34 for brexit speaker:Alasdair Allan

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Products (United States Tariffs) (14 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: ...values its trade with the US. Indeed, we value it too much to trust an unelected Tory Government to negotiate a trade deal with the United States for us. The tariffs make me wonder what a post-Brexit trading environment would look like for Scotland: bad for Scottish businesses, bad for Scottish jobs, bad for the Scottish economy and bad for Scotland. More widely, in the long term, it...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Products (United States Tariffs) (14 Nov 2019)

Alasdair Allan: I will merely say what I said from a sedentary position: what about Scotland? Brian Whittle talks about the majority that was achieved for Brexit in the European Union referendum, without even considering the possibility that Scotland might have a view.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (11 Sep 2019)

Alasdair Allan: .... Such major public sector contracts close to home make the world of difference to our food industry and show Scotland’s commitment to tackling food miles, wherever that is practicable to do. Brexit—I have gone and mentioned the word—represents uncertainty for the exporters of all food, not least those exporting live shellfish to France and Spain, who now face the task of getting...

Scottish Parliament: Creating a Sustainable Future for Crofting (10 Sep 2019)

Alasdair Allan: I am disappointed to hear about the timetabling problems relating to a crofting bill, but the impact that Brexit will have on planning any legislation is pretty clear. It is good to hear that the cabinet secretary remains open to individual fixes to anomalies in crofting legislation, of which there remain no shortage. Will he say more about what those specific fixes might be?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Farming Funding (Convergence Funds) (3 Sep 2019)

Alasdair Allan: The issue of convergence funding is not made any easier or fairer as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit draws closer, with potentially disastrous consequences for sheep and beef producers in the Western Isles. Beyond the very welcome loan scheme that is now under way, what else can be done to provide some much-needed financial clarity for farmers and crofters as they make their plans for the future?

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Food and Drink) (16 May 2019)

Alasdair Allan: ...that the agenda of this Parliament is being overtaken by constitutional matters. Is he aware just how little time the United Kingdom Parliament has been able to devote to any subject other than Brexit in the past few months?

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Food and Drink) (16 May 2019)

Alasdair Allan: ...’s overall impact on the community much wider. The food and drink industry faces many challenges, not least of which is—I am sorry to have to mention this so early on in the conversation—Brexit. The industry nationally has assessed that leaving the EU without a deal will result in the loss of £2 billion in sales annually. That assessment was based on the UK Government’s economic...

Scottish Parliament: Pension Credit (9 May 2019)

Alasdair Allan: ..., by sneaking the amendment out by way of a written statement from a DWP minister on the same day as the first meaningful—if I may use that word rather broadly—vote in the House of Commons on Brexit, the UK Government clearly wanted it to go as unnoticed as possible and to avoid scrutiny of a decision that it knew very well would be unpopular. I pay tribute to Age Scotland for its...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Alasdair Allan: ...-20 will continue to be supported for the duration of their courses. That is further evidence that, despite the endless uncertainty of where the UK is headed this week or next week with regard to Brexit, Scotland is determined to show that we understand the huge benefit to Scotland that students from around Europe represent. As this report makes clear, we have much to do, but much is being...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Scottish Agriculture (6 Mar 2019)

Alasdair Allan: ...of one other thing that is making crofters anxious. When people in my constituency say “‘S e bùrach a th’ ann!” or “‘S e brochan a th’ ann”—or worse—they are talking about Brexit and the catastrophe that is the UK Government’s handling of it. Some members have decided that the issue should not be brought into this debate, but it has added huge new uncertainties for...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Scottish Agriculture (6 Mar 2019)

Alasdair Allan: ...his own party is not showing any sign of voting for its own deal. That remark is representative of the species of foolishness that I have been talking about. I have focused on some of the risks of Brexit to crofting, not because they are the only threats to crofting—far from it; I could happily, but will not, spend an afternoon berating greylag geese—but because they are, at the latest...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

Alasdair Allan: Since Brexit is close enough now to qualify for its own grim advent calendar, let me put this as nicely as I can to the Tories: Brexit is now just 24 sleeps away. After almost three years of self-evisceration, the UK Government will now ask Westminster to back a damaging deal—an astonishing 17 days before Brexit is scheduled to happen. To use a vivid Scots expression, Theresa May’s deal...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

Alasdair Allan: ...times in the past—and happily say again—that Scotland’s culture has benefited immensely from being open to people from other EU countries. I will end where I began. Scotland did not vote for Brexit and we should not be dragged out of the EU against our will. Our wishes were utterly ignored before and during the 2016 referendum, and they have been utterly ignored since. Brexit is a...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Alasdair Allan: I am sure that Peter Chapman has, as I have done in my part of Scotland, spoken to fish processing firms. Has he not noticed that, above all their other concerns, they mention what Brexit will mean in terms of workforce supply?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (11 Dec 2018)

Alasdair Allan: ...of a vote—in another place tonight. That does not make the fisheries talks any less important to fishing communities. That said, it is simply impossible to talk about the talks without mentioning Brexit, so I will not go through the motions of trying not to speak about it. Amid all the on-going absurdities—some of which Stewart Stevenson referred to—such as Austria and Luxembourg...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal (Draft Agreement) (28 Nov 2018)

Alasdair Allan: ...forums with the UK Government. Given what the minister said, is it his impression that those committees, in their current form, allow Scotland to input meaningfully into the UK’s decisions on Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (United Kingdom Coastal Waters) (27 Nov 2018)

Alasdair Allan: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Prime Minister’s reported position that the proposed Brexit deal ensures that the United Kingdom will be an independent coastal state with full control over its waters. (S5T-01362)

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Fishing) (22 Nov 2018)

Alasdair Allan: ...declaration on the future United Kingdom and European Union relationship now public, it has become clear, in constituencies such as mine, that fishing will once more be a bargaining chip in post-Brexit trade negotiations. Does the First Minister agree that, outside the EU, the UK seems determined to turn itself into a minnow negotiating with a shark when it comes to quota and access? How...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Screen Sector (23 Oct 2018)

Alasdair Allan: ...of feature film producers in 1949, with the much-loved “Whisky Galore”—filmed in Barra and Eriskay—which introduced the culture and landscape of the islands to a wider world. Although Brexit presently looms on the horizon as a figurative hazard to shipping, it is hardly likely to excite the salvors in quite the way that the wreck of the SS Politician did in “Whisky Galore”. The...

Scottish Parliament: BBC Alba (19 Sep 2018)

Alasdair Allan: ...will certainly be using Gaelic from time to time in Parliament and not just in order to talk about Gaelic as I am doing now. Members will hear me asking questions, perhaps about health services or Brexit, in Gaelic.

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