Results 1–20 of 24 for brexit speaker:Ruth Davidson

Scottish Parliament: Referendums (22 May 2019)

Ruth Davidson: I have never had a problem standing up to the alpha males in my party. I wonder whether the First Minister has always been able to say the same. After campaigning in the Brexit referendum campaign UK-wide, the First Minister now refuses to accept the result because she lost it. She mentioned principle, so let us talk about a matter of principle. I believe that when we have asked people to...

Scottish Parliament: Motion of Condolence (2 Oct 2018)

Ruth Davidson: ...for him. Three weeks before he died, he was still commentating. When two of our Scottish Conservative group wrote a joint piece from opposite sides of the debate, backing a compromise deal on Brexit, Alex took to Twitter to declare: “What a welcome and sensible dose of straight up no-nonsense common sense. More please!!” He knew full well at that point that he would not see the Brexit...

Scottish Parliament: Post-Brexit Powers (26 Apr 2018)

Ruth Davidson: 1. Earlier this week, three of our leading business groups in Scotland said that they are not that concerned about where the powers that will come back to the United Kingdom after Brexit ultimately reside; they just want the UK and Scottish Governments to work together on a shared approach that maintains the UK single market. Can the First Minister really say that her actions this week have...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (29 Mar 2018)

Ruth Davidson: ...to grow the Scottish economy, we would be steaming ahead by now, but as it is, we are trapped in a Scottish National Party slow lane. I know that the First Minister likes to point the finger at Brexit for everything. She has done that twice already today. How can she explain this, then? Not only is growth for Scotland running at a third of the rate of that of the UK but small business...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (29 Mar 2018)

Ruth Davidson: Here is where we stand. Scotland is economically underperforming now. The First Minister says that Brexit is to blame, but there is still a year to go. We have had 10 wasted years under an SNP Government. This is the Government’s record. We have the lowest rate of business growth in the UK. Productivity in Scotland is at the lowest level for eight years. For the next three years, we have...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (1 Feb 2018)

Ruth Davidson: Presiding Officer, “With any Brexit uncertainty affecting the UK as well, it’s hard to argue that Scotland’s relatively weaker performance can be explained by the outcome of the EU referendum.” That was said by the Fraser of Allander institute—which is used in aid by the First Minister at every opportunity. We already know that the SNP has put up taxes on buying a house. It has put...

Scottish Parliament: Teacher Numbers (14 Sep 2017)

Ruth Davidson: From a Government that cut 4,000 teaching posts before Brexit even happened, that is the most pathetic excuse that I have ever heard. If that was supposed to cover up for the fact that the First Minister did not answer my question and clearly does not know whether what I described is happening elsewhere, it is not going to work. The first thing that she should have done was to get on the...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (5 Sep 2017)

Ruth Davidson: ...the past year was a mistake and that it is now trying to change tack. However, for all the warm words, I am afraid that the evidence suggests that the SNP has still not quite got the message. On Brexit, the First Minister is right that new powers will come here after we leave the European Union. Conservative members will support that process. However, the First Minister must recognise that...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (5 Sep 2017)

Ruth Davidson: For years, we have talked about workforce planning, but it has not worked in 10 years of SNP Government. Government ministers might now choose to hide behind the fig leaf of Brexit, but what were they saying a year, two years, five years or 10 years ago, when Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green members brought the issue of workforce planning to Parliament? They said absolutely...

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

Ruth Davidson: ...Whether they were yes voters or no voters, most people simply do not want a referendum on Scotland’s independence brought back any time soon. Furthermore, none of the questions that are raised by Brexit is answered by ripping Scotland out of our own union of nations, out of our biggest market and away from our closest friends. I am afraid to say that today’s statement will fail to give...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (15 Jun 2017)

Ruth Davidson: It is the same every single time. You ask her for her referendum plan and she hides behind her Brexit bogeyman. It happens every single time. Let us hear what the message from the First Minister on the referendum plan has been. It is hunker down, attack anyone who asks for a little bit of clarity and hope that none of us notices that she is pressing on regardless. We all remember what...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (27 Apr 2017)

Ruth Davidson: ...common fisheries policy”. It does not get much clearer than that. Let us spell out the complete absurdity of the SNP’s position—or should I say positions? First is the SNP’s position that Brexit is a terrible threat to Scotland and that fishermen are better off being governed by the EU’s hated common fisheries policy. That is the position that Angus Robertson outlined at the...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (27 Apr 2017)

Ruth Davidson: After Brexit, we will be out of the CFP, but members of Nicola Sturgeon’s party want to take us back in. The SNP says that it is in favour of joining the European Union, but the First Minister is not confirming whether the SNP will back full membership in its manifesto. The SNP says that it is in favour of the common fisheries policy—except for MPs in fishing communities, who say that...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

Ruth Davidson: ...they are still without a plan on the currency, EU membership or how we would pay our way. I am still wondering who won that iPad. The First Minister says that she wants the UK to get a good Brexit deal but, no matter how good that deal is, she still wants to push for independence. Our view, and the UK Government’s view, remains that at a time of enormous uncertainty and only three years...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

Ruth Davidson: I would like the Deputy First Minister to comment on the issue of “good faith”. Any efforts that were made post-Brexit came after his leader, the First Minister, stood up in Bute house and said, within three hours of the last vote being counted in the Brexit referendum, that she had instructed Scottish Government employees to draw up the requisite legislation for another independence...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Davidson: ...of the games. Most people in Scotland do not want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one, and most people in Scotland see the plain common sense in our position. Brexit is going to be a major challenge for this country and none of us knows how it will play out, how we will come through it and what impact there will be for our country, which is exactly why we...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (26 Jan 2017)

Ruth Davidson: ...such as the NHS, not obsessing about another referendum. I want a Scottish Government that actually wants to deal with the child obesity crisis that has been exposed today, not one that plots how Brexit can be used to create more division and uncertainty in Scotland. That is the country that I want back. The First Minister says that we must confront independence, but I think that it is...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (19 Jan 2017)

Ruth Davidson: Whenever the First Minister is under pressure, she runs to Brexit, but the truth of the matter is that Precision Oiltools did not raise Brexit today but raised the increase in its rates bill that is happening right now; and Score Group did not write to me about Europe but wanted to talk about the Scottish National Party Government’s failure to support it. Scottish Chambers of Commerce has...

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

Ruth Davidson: We want the best deal for Scotland in the Brexit talks that are to come. On this side of the chamber, we believe that that means coming together to negotiate hard in the interests of all of us in the UK, and not throwing up more divisions between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. It is vital that the SNP Government begins to recognise that we achieve more by pulling together than...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (10 Nov 2016)

Ruth Davidson: ...it is the mark of a Government whose first instinct is to duck and dive and think that it can escape scrutiny when it wants to. This is a Government that even tries to hide which of its MSPs backs Brexit. The double standards that we see from this shower are extraordinary. The First Minister’s former cabinet secretary Richard Lochhead said the other day that it was unacceptable that the...


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