All 11 results for brexit speaker:Elizabeth Smith

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

Elizabeth Smith: The member has been very critical of what he considers to be our inconsistency. Will he explain whether he thinks that the Labour Party has been consistent in its line about Brexit?

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

Elizabeth Smith: ..., but it has brought with it new challenges, which is why the universities have sought tighter Home Office guidance and clarity about the visa process. The third part of the context is, of course, Brexit. Although those of us who voted to remain continue to regret the outcome of the 2016 referendum, it is incumbent on all of us to accept the result and move on. Let me turn to why we need...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit and Scotland’s Future (24 Apr 2019)

Elizabeth Smith: In her statement, the First Minister said very clearly that the politics of Brexit have been highly divisive. Does she accept that one reason for that division is the fact that the public feel that the result of their vote has not been implemented, and does she accept that the First Minister would be falling into exactly the same trap by running a second independence referendum to try to...

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

Elizabeth Smith: ...the minister for prior sight of his statement. Members in the chamber are well aware that the Scottish Conservatives have expressed considerable concerns about some of the challenges resulting from Brexit and I put on record that I have some sympathy for the comments within the minister’s statement. Notwithstanding that and the on-going uncertainty about the final Brexit outcome, some...

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

Elizabeth Smith: I think that everybody in the chamber, whatever our political views and however we voted on Brexit, fully acknowledges that the 2016 referendum result has led us to one of the most difficult periods that there has ever been in British politics. Recognising the complexities and difficulties of Brexit has made us question a lot about ourselves, but has also raised questions about the political...

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

Elizabeth Smith: ...which, in my view, has never been accepted by some on the right wing of my party or by some in the SNP who have persistently implied that the Scottish electorate was not divided in its opinion on Brexit when, of course, it was. That is why we have seen a constant use of Brexit as the raison d’etre for the promotion of independence for Scotland. As I have said before, and will say again,...

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

Elizabeth Smith: ...companies such as Diageo. Those people are not arguing about the abstract and finer points of the constitution; they are arguing about what is best for their sectors and for our livelihoods after Brexit.

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

Elizabeth Smith: ...June 2016, and I have found it very hard ever since, particularly when I see the rancour, division and bitterness that have swept aside decency and tolerance in many quarters of political life. The Brexit debate has raised questions for the whole country about the meaning of democracy, and I want to dwell on that for a moment. We have heard much in recent days about the overriding need of...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2018)

Elizabeth Smith: ...necessary economic growth behind it. That is a message that the SNP has been told time and again—not just by the Conservatives, but by businesses. It is no use the finance secretary saying that Brexit is to blame for all this. It is not, because Brexit is happening to the rest of the UK, too. The debate is about the SNP’s stewardship of the economy. Just about every economic forecaster...

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

Elizabeth Smith: ...cutting edge of intellectual thought, invention, innovation and, in modern times, knowledge exchange, which is now so much a part of the important things that they do. As we ponder the effects of Brexit, we should be in no doubt about the extent of the EU funding that has supported projects, but nor should we be in any doubt about the adaptability that our institutions have shown...

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

Elizabeth Smith: ...Russell said then, and several times thereafter, that he was working on ways to get round the problem. Of course, he should have said that there was no way round the problem because of EU law. With Brexit, that problem will be removed; what will not be removed are the funding issues for those EU students. Will they be liable for fees in the same way as rest of the UK and international...


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