Results 1–20 of 23 for brexit speaker:James Kelly

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

James Kelly: It is right that Parliament has the opportunity to speak out on the issue of a no-deal Brexit. Let us be absolutely clear: a no-deal Brexit would be an absolute disaster. As Mike Russell pointed out, it would be even more severe than many commentators realise. If we look at just its economic impact and what would derive from that, we see that it would have a drastic impact on our communities....

Scottish Parliament: A Trading Nation (30 May 2019)

James Kelly: ...Scottish Government is doing on digital, but it faces a big challenge that runs all the way through schools, colleges and universities into industry. A number of members have covered the dangers of Brexit, and Willie Rennie and Joan McAlpine made very good points about the customs union. However, we frequently hear speeches warning about the dangers of Brexit, the collapse of trading...

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow City Council (Funding for No-deal Brexit) (21 May 2019)

James Kelly: 1. To ask the Scottish Government what funding it is making available to Glasgow City Council to support preparations for a potential no-deal Brexit. (S5O-03256)

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow City Council (Funding for No-deal Brexit) (21 May 2019)

James Kelly: Given the interest in the Conservative Party around Boris Johnson’s candidacy for leader and therefore, were he to be successful, prime minister, the prospect of the no-deal Brexit that none of us wants is increasing. Therefore, it is unacceptable that none of the £92 million made available to the Scottish Government has been made available to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, to deal...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Aberdeen and North-east) (28 Mar 2019)

James Kelly: When she was asked on “The Andrew Marr Show” how much of the £92 million no-deal Brexit fund was allocated to local authorities, Nicola Sturgeon was unable to answer. I therefore ask the cabinet secretary how much will be made available to cash-strapped councils in Scotland, given that money has been allocated to councils in England.

Scottish Parliament: Revoking Article 50 (27 Mar 2019)

James Kelly: After all the debates that we have had in the Parliament on Brexit, it seems astonishing that on 27 March, two days from the defined exit day, there is still a complete lack of clarity on the way forward. We face a Brexit car crash of massive proportions, the prospect of which drove nearly a million people to come out on to the streets of London on Saturday and 5.8 million people to express...

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

James Kelly: I thank the cabinet secretary for advance sight of his statement. I agree with him about the prospect of a chaotic Brexit. It is a scandal of gigantic proportions—stemming from a failure of the Prime Minister’s leadership—that, 10 days from exit day, there is absolutely no clarity about what is going to happen about Brexit. Previously, the cabinet secretary has indicated that a no-deal...

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

James Kelly: The consequence of that disastrous decision was the loss of the 2016 referendum, costing David Cameron his premiership. As Patrick Harvie said, when Theresa May took over, she declared that “Brexit means Brexit” and tried to produce a solution that was in tune with that statement. However, again, the reality was that she could not navigate her way through the internal politics of the Tory...

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

James Kelly: The cabinet secretary was sitting on the front bench earlier and heard Neil Findlay make it very clear that the Labour Party is totally opposed to a no-deal Brexit. I go back to the serious point that I was making about loans and the use of public money. Richard Leonard has pointed out that the use of RSA grants has seen £220 million go to foreign companies and only £140 million go to...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit Preparations (18 Dec 2018)

James Kelly: When Derek Mackay published the Government’s draft budget last week, he indicated that it would have to be revisited in the circumstances of a no-deal Brexit. That budget contains £390 million of cuts to local councils; does the Government’s assessment of a no-deal Brexit mean further cuts to local councils, which would have dire consequences for local communities?

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

James Kelly: ...2014, the SNP on five occasions voted against mandating the living wage in public sector projects. The reason given for that was that it would be against EU law. Although we all regret the onset of Brexit, perhaps one aspect of it that will come to pass will be that we are not subject to that EU law. I look forward to the SNP then making the appropriate changes to procurement legislation...

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

James Kelly: There have been three important themes in the debate: trade, the role of devolved institutions and dispute resolution. Our trading relationship with the EU is critical and will remain so, even post-Brexit. Our trade with the rest of the EU is worth £12 billion, and Brexit will have drastic consequences for the country. I do not know how Adam Tomkins can talk about the importance of...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit Preparations (11 Sep 2018)

James Kelly: In light of the numerous references in the statement to the threat to public services, what assessment has been done in relation to the 2019-20 budget of the impact of Brexit on the funding of public services?

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

James Kelly: ...third year in a row. Not only that, but not enough people are taking up some key subjects. For example, there have been serious declines in languages including French and German. I assume that when Brexit happens we will still want people who are qualified in foreign languages so that we can interact with companies abroad. The facts that we do not have enough students taking such subjects...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

James Kelly: Not at this point. It was the Tories who created the situation that we face with Brexit. We should not forget that it was David Cameron who called a referendum in 2016 in order to placate the right wing of the Tory party, arrogantly thinking that he could win it for remain, but that backfired on him. As well as costing him his career, it has been chaotic and disastrous for the country. Two...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

James Kelly: No, thank you. My final point on the debate is that there is a fundamental issue for Parliament. I get the fact that it is very important to consider Brexit, and there have been occasions over the past eight months when Parliament has had to look at its legislative consequences. However, as Neil Findlay pointed out, over the past eight months this Parliament has not spent enough time looking...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

James Kelly: placate people within the Tory party who were unhappy about the EU policy that the Government of the time was pursuing. That drove us to the situation on 23 June 2016, when the country voted for Brexit. David Cameron did not think that that was going to happen; he thought that he could gamble and get away with it. We are still seeing, right up to this day, the divisions in the Tory...

Scottish Parliament: Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (25 Apr 2017)

James Kelly: ...but that has not been done. As Patrick Harvie pointed out, the submissions that have provided some analysis, mainly from the airport operators, are not up to date, because they were all done before Brexit and take no cognisance of the impact of Brexit. Derek Mackay has outlined his intention to complete stage 3 before the summer recess, and he has made it clear that any analysis would be...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

James Kelly: ...and that they can dismiss the agreement to accept the result, to which they signed up. For the SNP, independence is at any cost. We have heard much about how another referendum is needed because of Brexit and the EU, but the reality is that the logical extension of a yes vote for an independent Scotland in September 2014 would have been to take Scotland out of the EU. In recent days, we...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Impact of Leaving the European Union (28 Feb 2017)

James Kelly: I join other members in congratulating the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee on its work. There is no doubt that Brexit is a major issue. If we look at the issues that have been dealt with in the history of devolution, Brexit could have a more serious impact than anything that we have faced since 1999. It is therefore right that a parliamentary committee should look at Brexit’s impact...

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