Results 1–20 of 31 for brexit speaker:Pauline McNeill

Scottish Parliament: Credit Unions (17 Sep 2019)

Pauline McNeill: ...families in the United Kingdom are only one pay cheque away from losing their home. Government figures show that 16.5 million working-age adults in the UK have no savings at all. We are facing Brexit and austerity, which is perhaps not the best environment in which to encourage saving, but we need to promote the idea of it. People are relying increasingly on borrowing through payday loans...

Scottish Parliament: Family Migration (17 Sep 2019)

Pauline McNeill: ...neighbours. That hostile background to immigration and asylum seeking leads us to where we are, which is a crazy and unhelpful approach to European citizens who have witnessed that. Now, under the Brexit policy, the lack of confirmation and lack of giving those citizens confidence about letting them live here with their families is nothing short of shocking. Priti Patel, the new Home...

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

Pauline McNeill: The country has never been so divided, and it feels irreversibly so. It is hard to see how we can undo the damage to British politics as the Tory party continues to preside over Brexit and probably destroys itself in the process. According to Tory peer William Waldegrave—a man whom I never thought that I would quote—Britain has lost touch with its position in the world. He said:...

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

Pauline McNeill: You have had three years! The Tory party has had three years to deliver Brexit, but we have not seen a credible deal. I think that Jamie Greene knows. I think that you are pretending that you do not know the purpose of tonight. If, as you said, you really oppose no deal, I challenge you to vote on that basis tonight. Donald Cameron said that Scottish businesses want a deal. That is not really...

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

Pauline McNeill: ...after three years was the Tories’ responsibility and you have absolutely failed. If you look back at the speeches that I have made in this place, you will see that I have supported a form of Brexit that would best protect the people and the lives of our economy, but that has never really been on the table, and I do not need to point out that the withdrawal agreement is not a deal. I have...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Preparations) (6 Feb 2019)

Pauline McNeill: Does the cabinet secretary agree that it is critically important that ordinary people, who are frightened about Brexit, see that politicians and parties are working together to prevent the disaster of a no-deal Brexit? That is what the public expect. Can the cabinet secretary say whether the Scottish resilience partnership will do a city-by-city analysis of the impact on our economy? Does he...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Citizens (Contribution to Scotland) (19 Dec 2018)

Pauline McNeill: ...that figure. It is not just members in this chamber who say that. It has been said by Universities Scotland, the NHS and so on. According to Universities Scotland, “UK immigration policy post-Brexit will make it more difficult to attract talent”. Today, the minister has set out the policy on immigration. As Kezia Dugdale said earlier, Sajid Javid has said that there is “no reason to...

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 (European Court of Justice Ruling) (11 Dec 2018)

Pauline McNeill: Does the cabinet secretary agree that the ECJ decision simply means that the UK Parliament is sovereign on the question of Brexit? Can he say whether meetings with the UK Government are scheduled? I realise that there is not much time left before the Christmas holiday period. Finally, does he think that, in light of various events of the past few months, the arrangements that were set out in...

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

Pauline McNeill: ...any deal, ignoring 48 per cent of the people who voted, or flouting the views of our Parliament. That is not democracy. The UK has never been as divided as it currently is in the wake of the Brexit vote, and our future has never been so uncertain. The magnitude of Brexit is the largest shock to our economy in our lifetime. David Cameron made among the poorest judgment calls of any Prime...

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

Pauline McNeill: We are six months from the Brexit deadline in March next year, and we are not much clearer about the manner in which the UK will leave the European Union, nor do we have a detailed model for trade policy to replace the structures of the European Union. The Chequers deal appears to be dead in the water, no matter what I think about it. At the concluding summit in Salzburg last week, Donald...

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

Pauline McNeill: I agree with Maurice Golden’s call for respect in the debate, but we cannot be selective about what aspects of the debate we are prepared to respect. Lest we forget, the Brexit two-year anniversary has come around. It has been the biggest single decision affecting our domestic interests in most people’s lives, and we still do not really know what it holds in store. The men and women...

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

Pauline McNeill: ...flexibility is a necessity to address the distinct and differentiated problems that Scotland faces. Like others, I took time out this week to read the sectoral analysis of the impact of Brexit. I went to the Donald Dewar room and tried to take in as much of the 19-page document as I could, and all the graphs that accompanied it. The central message for me was pretty clear: whichever deal...

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

Pauline McNeill: ..., which is more worrying. Professor Rawlings, who has been widely quoted, went as far as to say that clause 11 warps the dialogue about the role and place of the domestic market concept post-Brexit and that that is a very risky venture. In accepting the will of the people in a referendum to leave Europe, we must also accept that the relationship within the UK must be a strong and balanced...

Scottish Parliament: International Policy Framework and Priorities 2018 (16 Jan 2018)

Pauline McNeill: ...to share international perspectives on Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the world. It has been an important year on the international stage. Our economic backdrop has been dominated by Brexit as we head out of the European Union, but a huge number of world events also impact on our relationships with the international community. We have a US President who is one year into his...

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 Withdrawal Process (9 Jan 2018)

Pauline McNeill: ...through agreement in the coming months and years, so we have a relatively short time in which to conclude how the agreements should be shaped. We cannot allow that to be driven by the hard Brexiteers in Theresa May’s Cabinet—those who think that the colour of their passport is a significant issue and that changing it is a benefit of leaving the EU. Rather, I hope that the more sensible...

Scottish Parliament: Article 50 Withdrawal Process (9 Jan 2018)

Pauline McNeill: ...we can work together. I have fought for the integrity of the Scotland Act 1998 all my political life. I believe that what is not reserved is devolved. We should all uphold the integrity of the act. Brexit is the most significant political issue of our time. There are hard times ahead for ordinary people, who are trying to follow what we politicians are doing. They faced a decade of...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Negotiations) (25 Oct 2017)

Pauline McNeill: There is no issue more important than the Brexit negotiations and their outcome. The quality of people’s lives and the stability of commerce and business across the UK depend on the negotiations delivering the best arrangements for the UK when it is outwith the European Union, as required by the referendum outcome. Leavers promised better trade deals and alternative trade deals when we were...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Negotiations) (25 Oct 2017)

Pauline McNeill: What are the good points about Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Impact on Musicians and the Music Industries) (25 Oct 2017)

Pauline McNeill: ...as it is for many Scots. Scotland sells more live tickets than any other part of the United Kingdom, which is why the debate is important. Music deserves our attention, particularly in relation to Brexit. Scotland has always punched above its weight when it comes to music. I was pleased to hear mention of the wonderful Edwyn Collins, but I would like to mention a few others—Franz...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Shared Governance) (6 Sep 2017)

Pauline McNeill: The House of Lords put together an excellent report on the impact of Brexit on the devolved nations. I have been pursuing for some time the question of what say Scotland might get on a future immigration policy. I would like to know from the minister what specific talks he has had with the UK Government and whether he sees any light at the end of the tunnel on this important matter, given our...


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