Results 1–20 of 40 for brexit speaker:Jackie Baillie

Scottish Parliament: Scottish-European Growth Co-investment Programme (13 Jun 2019)

Jackie Baillie: ...the bank started recording it. When the fund was announced in the programme for government in 2016, it was welcomed across the Parliament. It was designed to help businesses to grow, in the face of Brexit. This week, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work claimed that the very fund whose aim was to help to prepare for Brexit has been affected by Brexit. Will the First...

Scottish Parliament: A Trading Nation (30 May 2019)

Jackie Baillie: I welcome the speech from the minister, but I have heard so many excuses before. I have heard that it is because of Brexit and that Brexit is causing less export activity. The minister and I do not like Brexit at all—we agree on that. However, the uncertainty of Brexit applies to the whole of the UK, and the UK export rate increased by more than Scotland’s, which means that we can do...

Scottish Parliament: A Trading Nation (30 May 2019)

Jackie Baillie: ...want independence, but not really, because they would have no control over their currency. In concluding, I say to the minister, as gently as I can, that I agree with him about the uncertainty that Brexit causes businesses in Scotland but that the arguments that he and his party use about Brexit are the very ones that emphasise the uncertainty for businesses of independence. The message...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Preparations (Barnett Consequentials) (14 Mar 2019)

Jackie Baillie: I am pleased to hear the minister’s response. He will be aware that last year’s budget included £37 million to address the effects of Brexit, but I understand that only £27 million of that money was spent and that none of it went to Police Scotland, which was not mentioned in the list that he gave. The minister will be aware that Police Scotland is reporting that there will be a...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economic Future and Economic Data (22 Nov 2018)

Jackie Baillie: The Opposition parties will, rightly, say how woeful everything is, and will marshal their statistics to support their narrative. The truth is that we could do a lot better. As we face the Brexit storm, we need our economy to be resilient and to perform well, if we are to stand any chance of mitigating the worst impacts of leaving the EU. The impact on jobs and business will be...

Scottish Parliament: Social Care (14 Nov 2018)

Jackie Baillie: ...dedicated workforce, the system would simply collapse. We know about the challenges of recruitment and retention in social care, and there is no doubt in my mind that they will be exacerbated by Brexit, but there is much that we can do. The sector is growing and the need for social care is increasing. Whether it is someone with a learning disability who needs support or an older person...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in Europe: Our Way Forward (25 Oct 2018)

Jackie Baillie: The cabinet secretary rightly recognises how disastrous a no-deal Brexit would be. Many would say that Brexit will be disastrous regardless of whether a deal is reached. I want to ask Mr Russell about an issue that troubles many people. If the UK Government brings a deal to Parliament that might not be everything that we want, will SNP MPs vote for it because it is better than no deal at all?

Scottish Parliament: UK Trade Arrangements: Scotland’s Role (25 Sep 2018)

Jackie Baillie: The only word to describe the current Brexit negotiations is “shambolic”, and that is perhaps being too kind. We are witnessing a Prime Minister who is out of her depth in negotiations with the EU and whose Chequers proposals lie in tatters, while the prospect of no deal looks increasingly like becoming reality and members of her Tory Cabinet are more interested in fighting among...

Scottish Parliament: UK Trade Arrangements: Scotland’s Role (25 Sep 2018)

Jackie Baillie: ...better than his speech. In the third quarter of 2018, business confidence has fallen in Scotland and the UK. In Scotland, it is down from 5.12 to -13.2, and most if not all of that fall is down to Brexit. When people hear that the Government is planning to stockpile medicines and foodstuffs, they begin to understand the severity of the consequences. Of course, none of those consequences...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (5 Sep 2018)

Jackie Baillie: ...several times for the economic strategy to be reviewed. We asked the First Minister and the cabinet secretary for the economy to review it in 2015, in 2016 and in 2017. Members might think that Brexit is a sufficiently material and significant change for the SNP to want to make sure that its strategy is fit for purpose, but no. On at least three occasions, the SNP voted against a review. I...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish National Investment Bank (8 May 2018)

Jackie Baillie: ...does not have an industrial strategy. As I said earlier, it has not even bothered to tartanise the UK industrial strategy, and its own economic strategy is so old that it takes no account of Brexit. I hate the idea of Brexit, but I dislike the way that the SNP is simply posturing about it and doing nothing practical to help to protect jobs and businesses. James Kelly was right to talk...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Financial Accountability) (2 May 2018)

Jackie Baillie: ...; and 1.6 million bed days lost due to delayed discharge—I could go on and on. I know that SNP members like to deflect attention—we have heard that today—but they cannot blame Westminster, Brexit, local government, or even Wales. The Scottish Government is in charge. Health is devolved. There is no-one else to blame but themselves. Frankly, trotting out the excuse that we are doing...

Scottish Parliament: Population Needs and Migration Policy (22 Feb 2018)

Jackie Baillie: ...that I am a migrant to Scotland. Of course, Scots can be found in every corner of the world, and we in turn welcome people from across the world to this country. However, there is no doubt that Brexit has huge implications for all of us, and there are some areas in which we can only begin to estimate the impact on our economy and on individuals. That said, although this is a time of huge...

Scottish Parliament: Migration (14 Nov 2017)

Jackie Baillie: ...I was born, so it could be said that I am a migrant to Scotland. Scots are to be found in every corner of the world, and we welcome people to this country from across the world, but it is true that Brexit has implications for all of us. In some areas, we can only begin to estimate the impact on businesses, our economy and individuals. This is a time of huge uncertainty, but we can be clear...

Scottish Parliament: Migration (14 Nov 2017)

Jackie Baillie: ...want to come to Scotland, that vacancy rates are up, and that one in five doctors is thinking about leaving. Willie Rennie was right to point out the hypocrisy of the Conservatives on GP vacancies. Brexit and the lack of response on migration are contributing to driving doctors out of the country. It is not just about people not coming here; EU nationals who already live and work here are...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jackie Baillie: .... Thank goodness that we did not listen to him. It is nearly 10 years since ambitious targets were set for Scotland’s economy. We have an economic strategy that has not been refreshed despite Brexit, and there has been no real attempt to evaluate what works. In truth, the SNP has been content for our economy to dawdle along in the slow lane. Ministers boast about closing the productivity...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (Opportunities for Growth) (14 Jun 2017)

Jackie Baillie: Complacency and denial are the twin problems facing the SNP in relation to the economy: complacency on the state of the economy and denial over a second independence referendum, which, aside from Brexit, is the biggest threat to our economy. I see the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work laughing, but perhaps he would do well to listen. In debate after debate, Opposition parties...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (Opportunities for Growth) (14 Jun 2017)

Jackie Baillie: ...2 off the table if we want our economy to grow. Internationalisation, innovation, investment and inclusive growth are all laudable headlines, but the Government’s strategy takes no account of Brexit and no account of what it needs to do to change. The Fraser of Allander institute said that it needs to be urgently reviewed. It is simply not credible to continue as normal. Let me make one...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (Opportunities for Growth) (14 Jun 2017)

Jackie Baillie: ...a number of years; further recognises the challenges Scotland faces in particular from the downturn in the oil and gas sector; considers that the previous UK administration’s approach to a hard Brexit is a major challenge to the Scottish economy and should be abandoned; believes that the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy must be urgently reassessed, and notes the Fraser of...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (Opportunities for Growth) (14 Jun 2017)

Jackie Baillie: ...all agree that Scotland’s economic strategy contains many of the things that the Labour Party would put in it. There has been common agreement about the direction of travel. However, faced with Brexit, the SNP Government’s previous head of policy has said that the strategy has been turned on its head. Why will the Government not review its economic strategy?

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