Results 1–20 of 40 for brexit speaker:Rachael Hamilton

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (25 Jun 2019)

Rachael Hamilton: ...income tax growth in the rest of the UK means that the Scottish Government’s budget will be £5 million worse off than it would have been under the previous system. Without hiding behind a Brexit bush, can the cabinet secretary tell the chamber how the Scottish Government will fill the tank of an economy that is running on empty?

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Festivals (Effect of Immigration Policy) (30 May 2019)

Rachael Hamilton: ...would like to hear more from Edinburgh MSPs about the difficulties, which might enable us to feed into any future agreements. I also take the opportunity to say that I do not want to see a no-deal Brexit. I herald the success of the Edinburgh festivals, which are fast approaching. It is important that we do so in the debate. The diversity of participation in the festivals is very important...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Impact of Ending Freedom of Movement) (21 May 2019)

Rachael Hamilton: ...that agencies such as hers struggle to get people from the EU to come to Scotland to work. However, record numbers of EU nationals—2.38 million—are now living and working in the UK, despite Brexit. Clearly, the Scottish Government’s role is to make Scotland an attractive place to work; its role is also to support more Scots into the hospitality industry, particularly in remote and...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Food and Drink) (16 May 2019)

Rachael Hamilton: .... Scotland’s food and drink sector is an integral and extremely valuable part of our economy, but it could be much more. We have a unique opportunity to grasp the significant opportunities that Brexit will bring. We must place Scottish products on an international stage, and we have this opportunity to build a tailored farm support system that encourages better farming practices and puts...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Citizens (Contribution to Scotland) (19 Dec 2018)

Rachael Hamilton: ...in the register of members’ interests. There are two main points that I must address in this debate. First, the Prime Minister has made it clear that EU citizens’ rights will be protected post-Brexit. Secondly, immigration policy divergence in Scotland would not be beneficial to our economy. That has been agreed by both Scotland Food & Drink and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce. I...

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

Rachael Hamilton: ...even if there is a no-deal scenario, which, of course, we do not want. We want everyone to get behind a UK Government deal and behind the Prime Minister. The UK Government has proposed post-Brexit co-operation in the sciences between the UK and the EU. The UK Government’s white paper on our future relationship with the EU includes science and innovation among the areas that will be...

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

Rachael Hamilton: ...status scheme—[ Interruption .] Honestly, we say time and time again that there is a settled status scheme, which is a reassurance for those people that they will be able to stay in the UK post-Brexit. On that point, we have to be careful, because there are many people from the EU in scientific research roles here. They make up 19 per cent, with about 67 per cent coming from the rest of...

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

Rachael Hamilton: ...deals. As my colleagues have mentioned, our amendment seeks to amend the motion to highlight the significance of co-operation and collaboration between all parts of the UK as we move forward with Brexit. The UK Government has repeatedly committed to work closely with Scotland to deliver a future trade policy that works for the whole of the United Kingdom, yet the SNP continues to sound...

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

Rachael Hamilton: ...agreements in a way that involves Scotland and the other devolved Administrations. Any future trade deal will have massive potential for Scotland. The Fraser of Allander institute has stated that Brexit will “encourage companies to consider trade on a much more international scale and over a longer time frame.” The opportunity to take Scotland global and really showcase our products...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink (13 Sep 2018)

Rachael Hamilton: ...were by £275 million to £5.5 billion in 2016 and have increased by 70 per cent since 2007. The amazing figures go on; I do not need to repeat them, but they are outstanding. As we go forward with Brexit, we have a unique chance to craft an export plan that could take Scottish produce even further. Many members have lauded the success of the whisky and salmon industries on the world...

Scottish Parliament: Erasmus+ (16 May 2018)

Rachael Hamilton: ...the committee’s report and put on record that my colleague Jackson Carlaw and I support the report’s conclusions. The Scottish Conservatives also agree that Erasmus+ should be continued after Brexit. As things stand, the UK will continue to benefit from all educational programmes until the end of 2020. In a letter to the committee’s convener from the Department for Exiting the...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Mar 2018)

Rachael Hamilton: ...else is a second referendum on independence. For once, the SNP must drop its ideological obsession and work together—as it says it wants to—with the UK Government to get the best out of Brexit. Until the continuity bill came before us, we were agreed that respecting the devolution settlement that was created more than 20 years ago and protecting the integrated UK internal market were...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (7 Mar 2018)

Rachael Hamilton: ...Administrations to ensure that their markets are not affected by divergence, and that may require a common framework. At the same time, the bill may be superfluous, because it cannot work before Brexit, as James Wolffe told the Scottish Parliament. He said: “The bill does nothing that will alter EU law or undermine the scheme of EU law while the UK remains a member of the EU.”—[...

Scottish Parliament: Nurses (Training and Recruitment) (1 Mar 2018)

Rachael Hamilton: ...I pay tribute to the front-line workers battling through the adverse weather conditions today to keep our services open across Scotland. National health service recruitment issues began long before Brexit, despite what the First Minister would like to believe. Between 2009 and 2012, the number of training places for nurses and midwives was slashed by more than 20 per cent. The knock-on...

Scottish Parliament: International Policy Framework and Priorities 2018 (16 Jan 2018)

Rachael Hamilton: ...world leader in certain sectors. I am pleased that Mark Ruskell mentioned the Scotch whisky industry, which is the most prominent sector and is likely to grow at an incredible rate. Post-Brexit, Scotch whisky will be able to infiltrate and reap the rewards of international markets such as India. Members seem excited about Scotland’s future. Post-Brexit, we will have incredible...

Scottish Parliament: International Policy Framework and Priorities 2018 (16 Jan 2018)

Rachael Hamilton: ...overestimate the importance of world peace. Where would we be without world peace? We would not be able to develop and negotiate trade deals. Scottish National Party members made end-of-the-world Brexit predictions—

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

Rachael Hamilton: ..., and yesterday—not two weeks after we had seen in the new year—the First Minister brought a second independence referendum back to the forefront of the SNP’s agenda. The SNP’s answer to Brexit is independence. That is a crying shame and shows a real lack of ambition by the First Minister and the SNP—rant over. Since the committee’s inquiry started in September last year,...

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

Rachael Hamilton: I am sorry, but I am in my final minute. The Scottish Government needs to get behind Brexit and to abandon its threat to hold a second independence referendum. It is a new year, and the SNP needs a fresh start.

Scottish Parliament: Migration (14 Nov 2017)

Rachael Hamilton: We are all agreed that the topic that we debate today is a vital issue that is at the forefront of Brexit discussions. Industries up and down Scotland are concerned about their workforce planning. Scotland also faces democratic challenges—[ Interruption .]. I thank Tom Arthur: I meant to say that Scotland faces demographic challenges. I am encouraged by a sentence in the amendment, which is...

Scottish Parliament: Migration (14 Nov 2017)

Rachael Hamilton: ...Great Britain.” Free movement of people in the UK single market is vital, particularly in my constituency where commuters move freely over the border daily. Indeed, the NFUS recognises that Brexit presents opportunities in recruitment from outside the EU. Currently, not being able to recruit outside the EU causes recruitment issues. Post-Brexit, the agricultural sector can recruit from...


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