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

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: 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: Brexit (Response to European Union Exit Vote in Westminster) (19 Feb 2019)

Neil Findlay: ...and failed. She has tried for the first time to meet trade union leaders—again, that has failed. Her red lines remain in place, and the EU has rejected her wish to throw Ireland under her Brexit bus by reneging on the backstop. It is right to do so, because there must be no return to a hard border. All the while, businesses have grown more nervous, workers have feared for their jobs, and...

Scottish Parliament: Revoking Article 50 (27 Mar 2019)

Neil Findlay: ...of credibility that she ever had, making the UK a laughing stock across the world. It is indeed a tragedy. We have heard the Prime Minister parroting the phrases “strong and stable” and “Brexit means Brexit”, and now she is so lacking in self-awareness and comprehension of reality that all she can say is that her rejected deal is the only way to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The Prime...

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: 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: 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: Scotland’s Future Economy (16 Jan 2019)

Neil Findlay: I do not know whether Mr Harvie was in the chamber for the cabinet secretary’s statement. I made it absolutely clear, as Richard Leonard did in his speech, that we absolutely oppose a no-deal Brexit and that we will never accept it.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Economy (16 Jan 2019)

Neil Findlay: I say for the third time today that we oppose a no-deal Brexit. What part of that does Jamie Hepburn not get? I gave that commitment. Will he give a commitment to apologise to the Kaiam workers for failing to lift the phone and make any effort to save 300 jobs?

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

Neil Findlay: ...parliamentary democracies in which power is loaned by the people to MSPs and MPs to exercise for a term of that Parliament, be it four, five or any other number of years. Throughout the Brexit referendum and since, we have heard much comment and spurious rhetoric from Johnson, Gove and the rest about taking back control, the need to restore UK sovereignty, the desire to make our own...

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 Exit Preparations (11 Sep 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...but I will not dwell on that. It is interesting that the cabinet secretary referred to the claim of right at the beginning of his statement, because it is a claim that his party failed to sign. As Brexit day edges ever closer, businesses, the fishing industry, farmers, workers and our citizens grow ever-more anxious. They see the UK Government in complete disarray with cabinet...

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

Neil Findlay: ...Jeremy Corbyn as a statesman, which is not a charge that could ever be levelled against Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox or any of the others who got us into this mess in the first place. As Brexit approaches, the anxieties of businesses, people in industry and workers grow. We have all tried our best to speak sense to the Prime Minister, but she is engaged in a 40-year Tory civil war...

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: European Union Exit (30 Oct 2019)

Neil Findlay: ...for health services growing. I wish that we were hearing from the Government on those important issues rather than witnessing this pathetic knockabout today. Does the cabinet secretary accept that Brexit is nothing compared to the complexity and upheaval of unravelling 300 years of social, economic and political integration with our friends and neighbours across the UK, and that what would...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations Debate (United Kingdom Government Response) (14 Mar 2019)

Neil Findlay: .... I am pleased that the Scottish Government engaged in that initiative and I hope that we will work closely with our colleagues in Wales on other issues, as well as continuing to work with them on Brexit. Will the cabinet secretary have a word in the First Minister’s ear to ask her to stop using the Welsh Government as one of her regular diversionary shields when she is in trouble at...

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: 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: 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: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Update (27 Feb 2018)

Neil Findlay: I t hank the cabinet secretary for his statement and offer my apologies for my appalling keyboard skills—mea culpa. The Government’s handling of the whole Brexit process has been shambolic from the beginning. The latest development lies squarely with the failure of David Mundell and Ruth Davidson, as the Scottish Tory leader, to deliver on commitments that were given to resolve issues...


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