Results 1–20 of 49 for brexit speaker:Murdo Fraser

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

Murdo Fraser: I thank the Finance and Constitution Committee convener, Bruce Crawford, not just for his opening exposition of the background of post-Brexit common frameworks but for his stewardship of the committee and his constant striving to find consensus on what can on occasion be a contentious issue. I also thank my fellow committee members for their joint working in a complex area of law and public...

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

Murdo Fraser: ...are currently held at the EU level and it is policy divergence in those powers that needs to concern us, because they are the ones that might affect the operation of the UK domestic market post-Brexit. That is what the issue of common frameworks seeks to address. I will give an example from the area of environmental protection of food standards, in which there might be a political demand...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (No Deal) (5 Sep 2019)

Murdo Fraser: ...want to intervene on my intervention, they are welcome to do so. If the withdrawal agreement is reintroduced in the House of Commons, will SNP members of Parliament support it and avoid the no-deal Brexit that they claim it is so important that they avoid? Will they do so?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (No Deal) (5 Sep 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Earlier in the debate, Graham Simpson reminded us that we have already had 34 debates on Brexit in the chamber. It might have been hoped that, in the course of two hours this afternoon, we would have heard some new arguments. Although we have had quite a lot of heat, there has been very little light. As Jamie Greene said, no arguments have been put forward that we have not heard many times in...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (No Deal) (5 Sep 2019)

Murdo Fraser: ..., if we ever have another independence referendum I will look forward to him supporting a higher threshold than is currently required. The fact is that the terms were set. The majority voted for Brexit, and we should respect the outcome. We know that the SNP does not like respecting the outcome of referendums. As Donald Cameron reminded us, it does not even like respecting votes that take...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (No Deal) (5 Sep 2019)

Murdo Fraser: ..., as did the current Prime Minister. It was voted down on the back of the votes of MPs from other parties that are represented in this chamber. The other parties say that they do not want a no-deal Brexit, but that is just words. They are not doing anything to stop it happening. On Tuesday, the First Minister said: “Scottish National Party MPs will do everything possible to stop the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Medium-term Financial Strategy (30 May 2019)

Murdo Fraser: ...Scottish Parliament information centre, the block grant has gone up in real terms since 2010, so he should apologise for misleading Parliament in that statement. The latest data shows that, despite Brexit, the UK’s economy has performed well—it has record-high employment and growth that exceeds that of Germany. According to the International Monetary Fund, growth in the next five years...

Scottish Parliament: United Kingdom Spring Statement (Implications for Economy and Public Spending) (19 Mar 2019)

Murdo Fraser: ...strategy. Is it not about time that the finance secretary admitted that he got that wrong and congratulated the chancellor on the success of the UK public finances? The finance secretary mentioned Brexit. Is not the way to remove uncertainty for the future for members of the House of Commons to vote for the withdrawal agreement? That is the advice that is coming from senior figures in the...

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

Murdo Fraser: I would like to start my remarks on what I hope will be a point of agreement across the chamber. I do not want to see a no-deal Brexit, which I believe would be damaging to Scotland’s economy. Indeed, we have heard a host of warnings from those in business across Scotland as to what a no-deal Brexit might mean. It is precisely because we should avoid a no-deal Brexit that we should be...

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

Murdo Fraser: The way to rule out a no-deal Brexit is to vote for a deal. It cannot be ruled out in the abstract. I regret that members of the Labour Party, members of the SNP, members of the Liberal Democrats and, yes, some members of the Conservative Party voted against the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons and put us at risk of a no-deal Brexit. If we want to avoid that outcome, we must vote...

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

Murdo Fraser: ...contemplate holding that referendum would be in September. What would the question be? There are at least four different possible outcomes that people want from this process. Some people want no Brexit at all, some want Brexit on the Prime Minister’s terms, some want Brexit on other terms—as yet undefined—and some want a no-deal Brexit. How can we have a referendum that would give a...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2019)

Murdo Fraser: If the scenario of a no-deal Brexit is as appalling as the finance secretary sets out, is that not an argument for Scottish National Party MPs to back the deal that the Prime Minister has on the table?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 1 (31 Jan 2019)

Murdo Fraser: ...and there will be less money to spend on public services. It was to the lack of productivity that the SFC attributed them. That is the challenge that the Scottish Government is failing to address. Brexit applies across the whole of the United Kingdom; it is the performance of the Scottish economy relative to that of the rest of the UK that ought to concern us. The SFC’s forecasts for...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Economy (16 Jan 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Brexit is creating headwinds, but it is not the biggest threat to the Scottish economy at the moment. We heard a number of speeches from SNP members who were pressing the case for independence at this time. There is no greater threat to Scotland’s economic recovery than the prospect of another independence referendum. I want to pick up on the suggestion that too much support has been given...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (5 Dec 2018)

Murdo Fraser: Mr Kelly has talked a lot about what the Conservatives are doing. When is he or somebody else on the Labour benches going to tell us what exactly the Labour position is on Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (5 Dec 2018)

Murdo Fraser: Not just now. We are absolutely no clearer on what the people’s vote would involve. There are at least four options on the table now: the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement, a no-deal Brexit, some other deal or cancelling Brexit altogether.

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (5 Dec 2018)

Murdo Fraser: ...have absolutely no clarity on what the Labour position is. I listened to Neil Findlay, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill and James Kelly, and not one of them could tell us what the Labour stance is on Brexit.

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (5 Dec 2018)

Murdo Fraser: I will give way to Mr Findlay if he will tell us what the Labour Party stance is on Brexit, because neither he nor any of his colleagues could tell us during the course of the debate.

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (5 Dec 2018)

Murdo Fraser: ...? No, Labour would rather stir up grievance politics against the Conservative Government than do anything positive for the future of the United Kingdom. I turn to the SNP, whose entire approach to Brexit has been driven by political opportunism, personified in the constitution secretary. In terms of the SNP position, he has been all over the place in the past two weeks. He denounced the...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (5 Dec 2018)

Murdo Fraser: ...Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, NFU Scotland and the Scotch Whisky Association—and back the Prime Minister, or we can take our lead from the SNP and vote it down, leading us towards a no-deal Brexit with the catastrophe that that might well turn out to be. Let us be clear that that will be the consequence of voting down this deal. That is why industry and business are so concerned...


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