All 14 results for brexit speaker:Alex Neil

Scottish Parliament: Tackling Child Poverty (Progress Report) (26 Jun 2019)

Alex Neil: ...cuts in social security benefits that have been imposed by the United Kingdom Government. Will the cabinet secretary look again at the policy on the living wage as we move towards some kind of Brexit decision? One of the problems that we have is that, under European Union rules, we are not allowed to make it compulsory for companies gaining public sector contracts to pay the living wage....

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

Alex Neil: The one good thing that I can say about Theresa May’s draft withdrawal agreement is that it has brought about a level of unity between remainers and Brexiteers—even in the SNP—that I never thought I would see for a long time. As someone who voted for Brexit, I am totally opposed to the proposed deal because, in my view, it is the worst of all possible worlds and the best of none. It is...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed European Union Withdrawal Agreement (15 Nov 2018)

Alex Neil: As someone who voted for Brexit, I agree with the cabinet secretary that the draft withdrawal agreement is totally unacceptable. It is neither fish nor fowl; it is neither in nor out of the EU. Much is wrong with the draft agreement, but despite what Donald Cameron said, nothing is more wrong than another Tory sell-out of the future of our fishing industry and our fishing communities. The...

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

Alex Neil: ...in his own position, and it lies, as he pointed out in his speech, in the fact that the Scottish Tory group and party signed up to the unanimous decision taken by this Parliament that, after Brexit, all 111 powers currently in Brussels should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, where they belong. I thought that we had unanimous agreement on that point, but it would appear that we do...

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

Alex Neil: My view is very simple. The purpose of the bill is to protect the devolved settlement, full stop. It has nothing to do with Brexit per se. It is about protecting the devolved settlement. If the kind of solution that I have outlined is implemented, it will do exactly that.

Scottish Parliament: European Union Negotiations and Scotland’s Future (27 Jun 2017)

Alex Neil: I welcome the First Minister’s statement. The key issue here is the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. Does the First Minister agree that the three key demands from Scotland must be, first, that we get a successor trade agreement that is right for Scottish jobs and industry, including access to the single market; secondly, that the powers coming back from Brussels to the UK relating to...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (22 Mar 2017)

Alex Neil: ...three basic principles. The first principle, on which there is, I think, universal agreement across the chamber, is that the referendum should be held only once we know the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU. The Brexit deal will inform the Scottish Government’s prospectus for the trading relationships between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK and...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (22 Mar 2017)

Alex Neil: ...prospectus, because the trading relationship and not just the exiting deal will inform our future and the options for an independent Scotland. It is in all our interests that an acceptable Brexit deal be reached between the UK and EU. The best possible deal would be to have tariff-free and friction-free trading between the UK and the EU after Brexit. The second—self-evident—principle...

Scottish Parliament: Supreme Court Judgment (Article 50) (25 Jan 2017)

Alex Neil: Presiding Officer, I speak as one of the 1 million Scots who voted for Brexit for progressive reasons. [ Interruption. ] Like, I hope, everyone else in this chamber, I am very keen to ensure that the Brexit negotiations are handled well, with a successful outcome. In order for that to happen, there has to be recognition and acceptance in the UK Government that although we are, at the moment,...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in Europe (20 Dec 2016)

Alex Neil: Obviously, I am in favour of all those powers coming to the Scottish Parliament, with or without Brexit. I have a couple of factual questions for the First Minister on the proposed arrangements in the paper. Value added tax is the most important taxation aspect of the single market, but it is not included in the list of powers that the Scottish Government demands be transferred to this...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Alex Neil: It is about time we had some honest realism in the Brexit debate. The motto of my old school, Ayr academy, is “Respice, Prospice”—look backwards, look forwards. Unfortunately, there is too much respice in the debate and not enough prospice—there is too much repeating of the arguments that led up to the referendum on 23 June. The challenge now is to decide where we go from here and how...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Alex Neil: ...to the debate would be useful. The comments that I quoted show the muddled thinking of some members, and particularly among the unionist parties. The challenge is to make the best for Scotland of Brexit. We should not kid people on that we can turn the clock back to the way things were before 23 June. We must stop refighting the EU referendum arguments, because that debate is over. Our...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Alex Neil: ...Europe. We are a European nation and we must build on that. We will not be in the EU, but we want close, and good, working, trading, economic, social and political relationships with the EU after Brexit. The Scottish Government should concentrate on three key demands that embrace the principles that the First Minister announced. There is broad agreement on the first objective, on which I...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2016-17 (6 Sep 2016)

Alex Neil: ...or five additional points that are behind the statement but not specified within it. First, there is an immediate huge opportunity arising from the 10 per cent devaluation of the pound since the Brexit vote to give a major boost to certain sectors of the Scottish economy. That is irrespective of whether people support devaluation—Mervyn King recently said that he had spent 16 years at...


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