All 18 results for brexit speaker:John Finnie

Scottish Parliament: Sheep Farming (14 May 2019)

John Finnie: The minister says that Brexit threatens to remove sheep from our hills and people from our land. What steps is the Government—including the minister and her colleagues—taking not simply to sustain populations in rural communities but to increase them?

Scottish Parliament: Highland Youth Survey (16 Jan 2019)

John Finnie: ...good things around the planet have returned there and continued to contribute. I want to make a small negative point about the report. I was disappointed to find that there was no mention in it of Brexit or Europe. Part of the rich mix in the Highlands—and the big change that has happened in my time—is the number of people from all sorts of cultures who are contributing to making it...

Scottish Parliament: Future Rural Policy and Support (10 Jan 2019)

John Finnie: ...debate and what could be more important at this time? The cabinet secretary started by giving us the timeframe within which we are operating and setting out the uncertainty that is being caused by Brexit. The Scottish Greens welcome the announcement of a Scottish bill. Of course, it is about not just policy but support, which is an important factor. Like others, I am very grateful for the...

Scottish Parliament: Illegal Scallop Dredging (15 Nov 2018)

John Finnie: ...of illegal scallop dredging in the Wester Ross marine protected area. I have consistently raised the issue of marine protection and enforcement, particularly in the context of expansion of MPAs and Brexit. I have been assured that the matter is under review. Does the First Minister agree with Open Seas that there is a clear case for robust tamper-proof vessel tracking?

Scottish Parliament: Marine and Fisheries Protection Vessels (1 Nov 2018)

John Finnie: ...Secretary for the Rural Economy alluded at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting on 6 June 2018? There is a challenge with the growing number of marine protected areas and with Brexit. The Welsh Government is responsible for a considerably smaller marine area, but it has recently commissioned and is building five marine compliance vessels. Is it right that Wales has a bigger...

Scottish Parliament: Wildlife Organisations (8 Nov 2017)

John Finnie: ...environment were warmly welcomed. However, a proposed development at Coul Links would affect that. I appreciate that the cabinet secretary cannot comment on a live application but, regardless of Brexit, if a site were categorised as a site of special scientific interest, a special protection area in respect of the birds directive and a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Nov 2017)

John Finnie: ...unintended consequence of the current seven year cycle for the CAP in that it leads to a suppression of woodland creation”. We certainly do not want that, and we do not want the uncertainty that Brexit will bring. Long-term assurances are important to the industry, and I am pleased that the Scottish Government will reflect on the strategy. It is important that the strategy is a living...

Scottish Parliament: Environmental Court (5 Oct 2017)

John Finnie: ...does not allow us to fully replace the ECJ. Will the First Minister outline what actions the Scottish Government is taking to replace the environmental protections that will be lost as a result of Brexit and will she reconsider her decision not to establish an environmental court?

Scottish Parliament: Radiologists (4 Oct 2017)

John Finnie: ...than to aggravate or motivate the mob. People need to pay attention to how they respond to their elected representatives and the work that they do. In the short time that I have left, I turn to Brexit. It will fuel not just the problem of recruitment, but the problem of retention of staff. We already know that there are some people who have had enough and are heading off, which is not a...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

John Finnie: ...has promised to maintain the current CAP funding until 2020, but there are no published plans beyond that. Indeed, there is no guarantee that the IT system being debated today will deliver any post-Brexit subsidy scheme that deviates from the existing CAP model. On Friday it will be one year since the EU referendum and 12 weeks since article 50 was triggered. This week marked the start of...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Law Reform (2 May 2017)

John Finnie: ...lots of guidance, the reality is that crofters do not want reams of paper—they want clarity about the direction. We want that clarity of direction for all our rural communities and, of course, Brexit has to be figured into that, because of the sums of money that come from Europe. We want sufficient time for scrutiny, because it is important that it is done right but, as a number of...

Scottish Parliament: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week 2017 (26 Apr 2017)

John Finnie: ...they neurologists or MS nurses. That has been touched on with regard to the situation in Lanarkshire. I am particularly concerned about the retention of specialist staff given the threat posed by Brexit. There is a lot to be very positive about. I will not reiterate what was said in this afternoon’s carers debate, but there is a lot of common ground. Setting aside the partisan nature of...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (21 Mar 2017)

John Finnie: ...the basis of a conference decision. People have made many particular points at times, but nothing stands still and we have moved forward considerably. In fairness to Ruth Davidson, she referred to Brexit as “a major challenge” to our country. It is unfortunate that the single market options have been ruled out; it is also extremely unfortunate that there was not a willingness to engage...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (21 Mar 2017)

John Finnie: ...priorities are. The implications for research funding are already becoming a reality, as is the loss of valuable researchers. As Times Higher Education reported yesterday, under the headline, “Brexit: ‘fantastic’ UK researchers head for Canada”, the University of Waterloo is recruiting British academics who are worried about their future and their families. It is perhaps not...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (21 Mar 2017)

John Finnie: ...will she acknowledge that there have already been implications for education with regard to university applications from EU students, and particularly for research, as a result of the decision on Brexit, which has not even progressed yet?

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2016)

John Finnie: Are the EU citizens in our region “too important” to be used as a bargaining tool in the Brexit debate?

Scottish Parliament: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (1 Dec 2016)

John Finnie: ...Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill. We also looked at human trafficking, which must be addressed. Positive progress has been made and I hope that it will not be affected in any way by Brexit. Slavery, forced marriage and the role of rape crisis centres are also important issues to address. I am not enthusiastic about the term “honour-based”. Thuggery is thuggery and it does not...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy (European Union Referendum) (27 Sep 2016)

John Finnie: ...employment, which is often linked to housing availability; and sectors that depend on migrant labour, as more than one member has outlined. Therefore, we cannot deal with the uncertainty that Brexit has visited on us. The motion mentions “membership of the single market”. It is about not access but membership. That is important. The motion also mentions freedom of movement. The...


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