Results 1–20 of 22 for brexit speaker:Christina McKelvie

Scottish Parliament: Menopause (21 May 2019)

Christina McKelvie: the workforce. Given that more than 60 per cent of women between 50 and 64 are in employment, more are now working through and beyond the menopause. If we add to that the potential impact of Brexit on key areas of our workforce, we can see that it is absolutely essential that we keep our workers, whose skills and experience are so important, in employment for as long as they want to be....

Scottish Parliament: Human Rights Defenders (Support and Protection) (26 Sep 2018)

Christina McKelvie: ...and fixed the situation. We were all human rights defenders on that issue. As members know, the First Minister has established an independent advisory group to ensure that, whatever the outcome of Brexit—I hate to mention it, but we have to—Scotland can keep pace with European Union standards and continue to lead on human rights. Our programme for government commits us to responding in...

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

Christina McKelvie: ...Interruption .] The chuntering from the sidelines proves my point. Lord Steel of Aikwood, the former Presiding Officer here at Holyrood, told his fellow lords that the UK Government’s flagship Brexit bill “dispensed with” the powers of the Scottish Parliament and cut across the devolved settlement. I agree with him. As parliamentarians, we have a duty to our constituents to ensure...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Christina McKelvie: We have heard today that the chaotic muddle that is Brexit is set to take away a lot more than jobs and trade. Without the removal of the clause formerly known as 11, we will enable Theresa May’s Government to begin dismantling the very framework upon which this Scottish Parliament was reconvened. What is not reserved is therefore devolved—that is the agreement. Like a cut that begins...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Christina McKelvie: ...Scotland is coming true. The power grab is now official. It has been admitted to by the UK Government, which has published a list of 24 devolved policy areas that it wants to keep control of after Brexit. The UK Government has never been good at following its own advice, which is why we need to work things out for ourselves. I understand that a memo that is going around the Cabinet...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Mar 2018)

Christina McKelvie: ...clear. It will be a vital declaration of protection for every individual in Scotland, and it will preserve and defend our devolution and our very democracy. It will mitigate the impact of Brexit on this Parliament, on the Scottish Government and on Scottish society—although, sadly, it cannot save Scotland completely.

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Mar 2018)

Christina McKelvie: ...which would have horrified Donald Dewar. Theresa May does not seem to know from one day to the next what she is trying to put in place; she has no idea and is riddled with contradictions. She wants Brexit, but she does not want a hard border in Ireland. I am sorry to say that those are mutually exclusive positions. She cannot have a UK imperialist cake and eat from the EU cake. She needs...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (23 Jan 2018)

Christina McKelvie: Today’s debate could have had a different title: “For what we are about to lose, may we be deeply worried”. As the Brexit debate muddles along without any clear direction, we stand on the sidelines, looking on as spectators, wondering whether the UK Government can see that the debate is a total mess. That view was evidenced by the many people who gave evidence to the Finance and...

Scottish Parliament: Unconventional Oil and Gas (24 Oct 2017)

Christina McKelvie: ...and polluting our water table. To get rid of the myth, there is no convincing economic case for fracking, despite what people who promote it claim. In my constituency, the economic impact of Brexit—for South Lanarkshire Council, that could be a loss of as much as £1.3 billion to the local economy—far outweighs any economic benefit from fracking under my constituents’ homes. In...

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

Christina McKelvie: ..., the same does not apply to Theresa May’s Government. If Mr Tomkins is such a fan of Scots law, maybe he can find out from his pals at the UK Government why a paper on justice, home affairs and Brexit makes no reference to Scots law. Make no mistake about it, our human rights are under threat from the seen and unseen consequences of Brexit, and from the internal politics of the Tory...

Scottish Parliament: Protecting Workers’ Rights (31 May 2017)

Christina McKelvie: .... From the minimum wage—increased and enhanced by this Government to become the real living wage, not the fake one—to the EU working time directive, which is under threat from a reckless, hard-Brexit Conservative Government, trade unions continue to be at the forefront of striving for decent employment practices and the enhancement of working conditions for all. It is with that same...

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 (Discussions) (28 Mar 2017)

Christina McKelvie: ...sensible or logical reason to stand in the way of a decision of this Parliament to hold a referendum on independence, given that as the UK Government admitted and confirmed yesterday, the terms of Brexit will be clear before the UK leaves the EU?

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 (Discussions) (28 Mar 2017)

Christina McKelvie: ...concerned that legal rights may be reduced, and that progress on achieving greater rights for disadvantaged people will stall. They are calling for greater participation in decision-making around Brexit.” Greater participation would be very welcome indeed. Does the minister agree that the intransigence of the UK Government in failing to reassure EU nationals who are resident in our...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (21 Mar 2017)

Christina McKelvie: ...votes for English laws—not respect and not a family of nations. Scottish voters must not be conned by another bout of outrageous and impossible promises made by the no campaign and the born-again Brexiteers that there is a land flowing with milk and honey beyond Europe and that the age of the empire and the Raj is on its way back. Our electorate must be given the right to choose...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (Reports on Implications for Scotland) (15 Mar 2017)

Christina McKelvie: .... Colleagues have spoken at length—we had anger from the Tory side, but whether it is righteous remains to be seen—about the difficulties that lie ahead in securing sustainable trade deals post-Brexit. We are standing on a cliff edge, about to say goodbye to all the riches that Europe has brought us during the past decades, but the Brexiteers are waving their hats and cheering for the...

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 (14 Mar 2017)

Christina McKelvie: Article 50 will be triggered with no protections in place for EU nationals living in the UK. Yesterday, Labour was still making the ludicrous claim that it will challenge the UK Government’s Brexit plans at every turn. So far, that party has failed to provide any opposition to the Tories or to stand up for EU nationals. Surely the Labour Party will not fail to give the people of Scotland a...

Scottish Parliament: Protection and Promotion of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (European Union) (10 Jan 2017)

Christina McKelvie: ...that I should not believe that organ of truth, The Telegraph , which said the other day that Theresa May said that she was going to put withdrawal from the ECHR as one of her first proposals on Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: Prevention and Eradication of Hate Crime and Prejudice (9 Nov 2016)

Christina McKelvie: The rise of hate up to and since the Brexit referendum has caused us all to rethink our place in this United Kingdom, and it has reminded us that we cannot be complacent in anything that we do. Now that we know that the next President of the United States is a right-wing reactionary who mocks people who have disabilities, believes that he can do what he likes with women and creates an...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (Update) (26 Oct 2016)

Christina McKelvie: Following suggestions that hard-right Tory MPs are planning, in a bid to scrap red tape, to insert into Theresa May’s Brexit bill a sunset clause that would mean that all EU laws automatically expired after five years, does the minister agree with Antonia Bance, the Trades Union Congress’s head of campaigns, who said yesterday that, as we all know, “This is how workers’ rights come...

Scottish Parliament: Refugees (8 Sep 2016)

Christina McKelvie: ...; I see no actions. Let us be honest: the UK is a country of about 60 million people; we have room and there is plenty of opportunity to take more people. Some would say that the campaign for a Brexit succeeded only because of the ability of its leaders to stoke up fears about immigrants and refugees. Now, Nicolas Sarkozy, the former conservative president of France, has demanded that...

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