Results 1–20 of 22 for brexit speaker:John Mason

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

John Mason: ...a lot of sense, but the risk would be setting precedents that it could be difficult to unravel. It also mentions “pragmatic and practical arrangements” being required in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Again, I would be concerned that decisions could be railroaded through by a UK Government without adequate Scottish Government input and even a lack of Scottish Parliament scrutiny. One...

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

John Mason: Will the member accept that, if the message from the referendum had been a 90 per cent to 10 per cent vote for Brexit, that would have shown support for a harder Brexit, but that there having been such a close vote clearly shows support for a soft Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Immigration) (13 Jun 2019)

John Mason: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what recent consideration it has given to the impact of Brexit on immigration. (S5O-03378)

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Immigration) (13 Jun 2019)

John Mason: ...practical suggestions on how to resolve them.” President Andrew McCornick is quoted as saying that the Migration Advisory Committee’s report “does nothing to address existing or future post-Brexit labour requirements”. Does the minister have any thoughts on that?

Scottish Parliament: Wind Turbine Construction (Fife) (29 May 2019)

John Mason: ...basis of the cheapest price or even best value, but because there was an unhealthy close link between those who were awarding the contracts and those who were awarded them. Whatever happens with Brexit, we must not throw the baby out with the bath water and go back to those times. We need to strike the right balance; there must be fair competition and value for money on the one hand and,...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (Glasgow) (15 May 2019)

John Mason: Does the minister agree that the biggest threat to the food and drink sector in Cambuslang and beyond is Brexit, and that it would help a lot if Mr Kelly and his chums were to come off the fence and oppose Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 3) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Feb 2019)

John Mason: I speak in support of the budget. It is a very reasonable budget, given the circumstances. The uncertainty of Brexit is damaging both for businesses and for individuals. Confidence in Scotland and throughout the UK is at a low ebb. The UK is not in a good place economically and we have to do the best we can with what we have. On Tuesday, we focused on income tax. I am comfortable that we are...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Entrepreneurship (23 Jan 2019)

John Mason: Dean Lockhart mentioned a lack of skills. Is he not concerned that Brexit could lead to a greater lack of them?

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Entrepreneurship (23 Jan 2019)

John Mason: ...at a welcome low level, but the other side of that is that we do not have many extra people available for new jobs that might come along in the future. There could well be a skills shortage soon. Brexit and the potential of Westminster stopping workers coming to Scotland make it likely that our economy will suffer. If the Scottish economy suffers more because despite our needing...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

John Mason: We seem to have been debating Brexit in the chamber and in committees for a fairly long time. However, like it or not, we still need to focus on the implications—the barriers that might spring up and the impact on reputation, which is also important. Sadly, the impact on our universities and wider science and research communities was not carefully considered before the EU referendum vote....

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

John Mason: ...being lost to them. Networks and collaborations that have taken years to formulate could be put in jeopardy, and there has already been a loss of leadership in research collaborations since the Brexit vote, as other members have mentioned. We can thank the Royal Society of Edinburgh for its briefing for today’s debate. It argues along similar lines by talking about the complementarity of...

Scottish Parliament: Health and Care Update (4 Oct 2018)

John Mason: The cabinet secretary’s statement mentioned Brexit, which will have an impact on the economy. There could be less money in taxes, which would put pressure on the NHS, and a shortage of skilled and unskilled staff. Does the UK Government understand those potential extra pressures on our NHS?

Scottish Parliament: UK Trade Arrangements: Scotland’s Role (25 Sep 2018)

John Mason: ...an opening offer for negotiations not a “take it or leave it” final offer. It should also have come much earlier in the process. There is probably a majority in the House of Commons for a soft Brexit that keeps us in the single market and the customs union. However, it seems that Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are putting their parties before the country, rather than standing up to the...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2018-19 (5 Sep 2018)

John Mason: ...more progressive than the UK has been—we are raising income taxes a bit more and investing for the future—and being realistic about what we can borrow and afford to pay back in the future. Brexit is a huge aspect of any programme for the coming year, and a number of members have mentioned it. Many of the public and many of us are getting fed up with the endless bickering at Westminster...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (Brexit) (15 Mar 2018)

John Mason: ...status of, for example, salmon and whisky, which is guaranteed by the European Union. Does the First Minister consider that there is any risk of imitation products entering the market after Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: European Structural Funds and Regional Policy (Discussions) (13 Dec 2017)

John Mason: 3. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding European structural funds and regional policy after Brexit. (S5O-01596)

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (7 Sep 2017)

John Mason: ...if our population growth falls way behind England’s. That is why it is all the more disappointing this week that the UK Government has not involved Scotland in its thinking about immigration post-Brexit. As well as having an impact on individual businesses, as colleagues have said, that will affect the whole economy. As Roseanna Cunningham made clear in her speech yesterday, the economy...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (Opportunities for Growth) (14 Jun 2017)

John Mason: .... Scotland’s economy can do better if we have more women in leadership positions and if more women are represented in all sectors, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Brexit has already led to a weaker pound, with a rise in inflation—now at 2.9 per cent—that is probably linked to that. The dithering of the Conservative Party has not helped. I agree that the weak...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Economic Risks) (24 May 2017)

John Mason: The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee took quite a lot of evidence on Brexit and the number of Scottish companies that are very dependent on workers from the EU. Those included Angus Soft Fruits, those in the fish-processing sector and Walkers Shortbread. Does the cabinet secretary think that the UK Government understands how much our food and drink sector needs those workers?

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (22 Mar 2017)

John Mason: Will the member at least accept that the timing of the Brexit referendum was wrong, because it was immediately after the Scottish Parliament and other elections, which prevented all of us in all of the parties from really getting involved?


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