All 10 results for brexit speaker:Iain Gray

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Iain Gray: ...economy. It is unwelcome, and indeed ridiculous, that it is an issue in the first place. On 7 November last year, we debated the safeguarding of Scotland’s research collaborations in the light of Brexit. It is regrettable that the concerns that were raised then have been largely ignored. On that occasion, I quoted Einstein, who said: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Iain Gray: The minister is right to criticise the Tory Government for the chaos and the threat of Brexit. I associate members on the Labour benches with his assurances to EU staff and students that they are valued and welcome here in Scotland. The Scottish Government did not create this uncertainty—that is for sure—but Ms Smith was right that there are some areas on which the Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Iain Gray: ...come back he would probably still be unsure about the structure of the universe, even with all the work that has gone on since he carried out his own work, but I fear that the whole sorry saga of Brexit would convince him that he had been right all along about human stupidity, because that process has been chaotic and catastrophic. There is no doubt that Scotland’s higher education...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Iain Gray: I think that it is too late. The truth is that Brexit is already damaging science and research. A recent Nature magazine editorial says: “Regardless of whether or not a deal is done, many scientists are already seeing and feeling the impact of Brexit ... Researchers are less likely to get collaborators on projects, because academics in Europe view them as a risky bet ... Some are finding it...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Iain Gray: ...into a debate about obsession. Mr Mundell posited Mr Scott’s obsession with a people’s vote and Mr Scott responded by pointing out the obsession of Jacob Rees-Mogg and other colleagues with Brexit. I spoke about social scientists as well as scientists, because one of our great social scientists was, of course, Adam Smith. He once said: “Science is the great antidote to the poison of...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Iain Gray: I absolutely do not, because Theresa May’s approach to Brexit has been a catastrophe. I will say more about that later. Rachael Hamilton complained to members on the Government benches about the negativity of the Government’s motion, which we will support. I bow to nobody in my scepticism of the Scottish Government, but even I cannot stretch that to say that the problem with Brexit is its...

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus+ (16 May 2018)

Iain Gray: ...job prospects, support for education and training opportunities for those from disadvantaged backgrounds—but there is no doubt that those opportunities are jeopardised by the uncertainty of the Brexit process. The other thing that I have learned from the committee’s work—Ms McAlpine referred to this—is the breadth of the Erasmus programme, which is certainly not just about studying...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (22 Mar 2017)

Iain Gray: ...look to separate this country and to divide this nation. It will campaign each and every day for independence at any cost, whatever the circumstances. I heard what the cabinet secretary said about Brexit. Of course, she is right: Brexit is causing division, uncertainty, anxiety and economic damage, and that is the Tories’ fault. However, the absurd idea that the solution is more...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education and Further Education (European Union Referendum) (4 Oct 2016)

Iain Gray: ...and colleges, underpinned by knowledge and new thinking. In a globalised world, there is no other path that we can take. How worrying, then, is the situation in which we find ourselves? Brexit poses nothing but difficulties, challenges, uncertainty and potential pitfalls for higher and further education, which is why we will oppose the Tory amendment at decision time tonight. Its Pollyanna...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education and Further Education (European Union Referendum) (4 Oct 2016)

Iain Gray: — and which we must now find ways to ensure survives the threat of Brexit.


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