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Results 1–20 of 47 for brexit speaker:Neil Findlay

Scottish Parliament: European Union Referendum (14 Sep 2016)

Neil Findlay: ...how the political class—particularly here in Scotland—has very narrowly and uncritically framed the narrative that has emerged. It is a narrative that says that on every level—every level—Brexit is a bad thing and that we must do anything and everything to remain within the EU and the nirvana of the single market; a single market that, if we are to believe the spin, is the magic...

Scottish Parliament: Red Meat Exports (Brexit) (6 Oct 2016)

Neil Findlay: I have no doubt that there may be uncertain times ahead following Brexit, but does the minister agree that Joan McAlpine’s daily apocalyptic predictions on any issue—[ Interruption .]—some with the most tenuous links to the EU, are in danger of turning a very serious matter into what some might call project fear on steroids?

Scottish Parliament: Environment and Climate Change (European Union Referendum) (27 Oct 2016)

Neil Findlay: Each of these Brexit debates degenerates into project fear on steroids. I have grave concerns about some of the things that will happen after Brexit, but will the cabinet secretary turn her mind to some of the opportunities that may arise from it?

Scottish Parliament: Environment and Climate Change (European Union Referendum) (27 Oct 2016)

Neil Findlay: ...to stop a democratically elected Parliament deciding its own policy on an issue such as fracking. I am raising these concerns—I will continue to raise many more—as the debate over the terms of Brexit unfolds, because the political class in Scotland is coalescing around a narrative that seeks to frustrate the democratic will of the people who voted in a referendum not as separate...

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

Neil Findlay: On free movement of labour, has Mr Ross clarified with his colleagues at Westminster whether, under the Tory plans for Brexit, he will still be able to exercise his right to freedom of movement in order to referee football matches abroad to give him a second income?

Scottish Parliament: Caterpillar Plant Occupation (30th Anniversary) (18 Jan 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...but relevant to the times in which we live, in which corporate power and, all too often, corporate greed have much more clout than the people or their democratically elected representatives. As the Brexit debate rages, I hear people mouth platitudes about the apparent benefits that we all derive from so-called free trade and the free movement of capital. Well, Caterpillar is but one...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Article 50) (7 Feb 2017)

Neil Findlay: ..., the crisis in social care, the butchering of local government and the failings in our transport system. Week after week, we have had a debate speculating about the EU, the single market and how Brexit might impact on everything from holidays in Magaluf to the price of an iceberg lettuce. However, the SNP scrupulously avoids debating its record on health, education, transport and other...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Article 50) (7 Feb 2017)

Neil Findlay: Okay, I withdraw it. This Parliament is not representative of Scotland in relation to Brexit—and I say that as someone who voted to remain. I say to all members of this Parliament and the UK Parliament that we all knew the rules of the referendum before a single vote was cast: there was no Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish veto; and there was no separate Scottish vote. There was one...

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Strategy (22 Feb 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...much more co-ordinated approach through procurement, investment, planning, skills, research and development, Government investment, financing infrastructure and more. Although many questions about Brexit need to be answered, there are—if we take them—opportunities, too. The right to provide state aid to industries and sectors must be a priority in the negotiations. Having the right to...

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Strategy (22 Feb 2017)

Neil Findlay: I do not know where the cabinet secretary is getting the idea from that I support a hard Brexit. I have never said that. What I am saying is that we should not pretend that everything that comes with Brexit is a negative. If we have the right mindset and a decent negotiation for the conditions of Brexit, we can do things that would positively be an advantage to a proactive industrial policy....

Scottish Parliament: SinoFortone and China Railway No 3 Engineering Group Memorandum of Understanding (29 Mar 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...be held again. It seems that, like the word “generation”, the word “inaugural” is taking on a new and foreshortened meaning. The Chinese deal is not a one-off. Given the dual uncertainty of Brexit and another independence referendum, is it any surprise that the Government needs to scour the globe for investment from often questionable regimes? Did the SNP decide to hold its nose or...

Scottish Parliament: Food Banks (9 May 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...directs money into areas of most need. Presiding Officer, I am just finishing. This topic deserves much more time than a members’ business debate. We have had 20 or so debates on every aspect of Brexit. I wish that we had had 20 debates on issues such as this.

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

Neil Findlay: ...the will of this Parliament on fracking, on NHS closures, on council budgets, on Highlands and Islands Enterprise and on the football act, and she ploughs on regardless. We can have a choice after Brexit: it is called a general election, when we can elect Jeremy Corbyn to lead a Labour Government and to change this country. That day cannot come soon enough for me. Does the First Minister...

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (2 Nov 2017)

Neil Findlay: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Yesterday the United Kingdom Parliament voted unanimously to instruct the UK Government to release in full 58 sectoral papers on Brexit and the impact assessments that accompany them. It now appears that the Tory Government will either refuse to do that or will release the papers heavily redacted, thus holding Parliament in contempt. It is my...

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

Neil Findlay: .... I reciprocate that. I am sure that we will work together on many issues over the coming weeks and months, and I am sure that we will work together on exposing the Tories’ shambolic handling of Brexit. I am very sorry that Mr Carlaw is feeling poorly today. It is rather unusual for someone to get a migraine prior to a speech by him; people usually get migraines during or after his...

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

Neil Findlay: ...it—some of them undermining their previously stated position. All the while, they caused bad blood, further undermined trust and good will and played into the hands of those who want to use Brexit as an excuse to open up other debates. What explanation did Mr Fraser get from the Secretary of State for Scotland about why Tory MPs refused to support Labour’s amendment to the clause,...

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

Neil Findlay: ...that position. I am glad that there is committee unity on the matter. Where we can work together with other parties in the national interest, we will do so. Labour has six key tests for the Brexit deal, and we intend to push the UK Government all the way to meeting them. The deal must lead to a strong future relationship with the EU; maintain the benefits of the single market and the...

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

Neil Findlay: ..., control the parliamentary timetable. They have the extensive resources of the civil service and Government lawyers at their disposal, yet they failed miserably, and their on-going handling of the Brexit process lurches from one mess to the next. We cannot accept the current situation. In June, my party stood on a manifesto of returning EU powers that would ordinarily be held in devolved...

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

Neil Findlay: ..., all of which are causing economic concern. If the Government’s population growth targets are to be met, we need to rely on net inward migration of something like 9,000 people a year. With Brexit approaching—or here—such a level might be difficult to maintain if there is no clear understanding of the system that will replace the existing arrangements. As the negotiations head for...

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

Neil Findlay: ...for workers in a range of sectors. Our NHS and our social care system have major skills shortages. If we combine the failings of workforce planning with a further drain of people because of Brexit, we will have an even greater problem on our hands. Graeme Dey and others mentioned the agriculture and food sectors. Pauline McNeill mentioned academia. The construction industry was mentioned,...


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