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

Liam Kerr: ...UK and the EU fundamentally changes, for both parties to agree on how that relationship will look going forward, and that is why the UK Government has been clear that it has never pursued a no-deal Brexit. It is clear that the UK Government has always seen a negotiated exit from the EU as the best outcome, and that is evidenced, in that MPs have had three opportunities to vote on a deal....

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

Liam Kerr: ...t they?” The withdrawal agreement was brought forward three times, and the people of Scotland will not forget that not one of the SNP MPs voted for the very thing that would have taken a no-deal Brexit off the table; they voted against it despite the fact that it met their demands—“everything possible” indeed. Whether it conformed with our personal vote or not, the people of the...

Scottish Parliament: Revoking Article 50 (27 Mar 2019)

Liam Kerr: Does Johann Lamont agree with her colleague Barry Gardiner that Labour is not a remain party and that it would have difficulty in supporting a referendum on any Brexit deal?

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (Forecast) (9 Jan 2019)

Liam Kerr: ...shows that Scottish economic growth will lag behind that of the UK as a whole for the next four years. The Scottish National Party is always keen to blame its failings on the UK Government or Brexit—and sometimes even on the weather. Can the cabinet secretary tell us, in simple terms, how Scotland’s growth rate being lower than that of the rest of the UK can be due to anything other...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Business Group Views) (28 Nov 2018)

Liam Kerr: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the views of business groups regarding its position on Brexit and wider constitutional affairs. (S5O-02620)

Scottish Parliament: Post-Brexit Agricultural Support (18 Apr 2018)

Liam Kerr: Given that it is outlined in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs document “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit” that the UK Government is to maintain the same cash total funding for the sector until 2022—Michael Gove has reiterated that commitment—it seems that the Scottish Government’s official line that “There...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (13 Mar 2018)

Liam Kerr: ...effective scrutiny he should avoid mocking those of us who are not. The best thing that could happen would be for the SNP to dump the bill now and get back to the negotiating table to secure a Brexit deal that delivers for us all, but I accept that the Government does not want to lose face. Let us take a step back and do this properly, taking time to get it right.

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Liam Kerr: ...UK exclusive economic zone each year. Non-UK EU fishing boats therefore land almost eight times more fish and shellfish by weight from the UK EEZ than UK boats do from other areas of the EU EEZ. Brexit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as it involves a systemic change in restoring the UK’s exclusive economic zone. That gives the country the potential to become a world leader in...

Scottish Parliament: Sea Fisheries and End-year Negotiations (7 Dec 2017)

Liam Kerr: As I said in my speech, the fish processing sector has suffered a decline since 2008, which was long before Brexit came along. Is not that true?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (19 Apr 2017)

Liam Kerr: ...to research by Kantar, people neither want, respect or even use; spending days debating whether the Parliament should ask a question to which the answer is already known; spending 31 hours debating Brexit but only seven on education—those matters concern me.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (19 Apr 2017)

Liam Kerr: ...things. First, I confidently predict that, in the debate, the Government will totally and wilfully fail to acknowledge any of the problems or indeed its agency in them. It will blame the Tories, Brexit, Westminster and perhaps a lack of powers—or, in the case of Joan McAlpine, all of the above. Secondly, there is—manifestly, staggeringly and absolutely—no plan to rescue the...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

Liam Kerr: .... Opinion on independence has not shifted from what it was in 2014 and we must not airbrush out what people knew in 2014: that an EU referendum was likely to happen and that the outcome of Brexit was always possible. People still voted overwhelmingly to stay within the UK. They knew what they were voting for in 2014 and in May 2016, and they voted against separation and for a minority...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

Liam Kerr: ...to get the best deal for the whole of the UK, which includes Scotland. All our energies should be focused on those negotiations and pulling together, not pulling apart. Whatever one’s views on Brexit, to suggest running a secessionist referendum campaign in parallel with vital negotiations over the UK’s future relationship with Europe is cynical. It is about the Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (28 Mar 2017)

Liam Kerr: ...that that was only one of the ways in which they would get justification for another referendum. The people of Scotland do not want this debate or this vote. A referendum cannot happen while the Brexit process is being played out and should not happen while there is no public consent or will. The people of Scotland deserve stability in our institutions, predictability in our policies and...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Impact of Leaving the European Union (28 Feb 2017)

Liam Kerr: ...how to seize any opportunities arising from the decision and to make recommendations to the Scottish and UK Governments. I want to focus on the report’s conclusions in relation to trade. Brexit affords the UK, including Scotland, a great opportunity. I particularly welcome page 13 of the report, which makes it clear that the Scottish Government must now look at options beyond the...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Impact of Leaving the European Union (28 Feb 2017)

Liam Kerr: ...Who knows, the doors might be open already. The report is clear. It says that the Scottish Government and its agencies must do more to improve Scottish exports; the Scottish Government must embrace Brexit and look at the opportunities beyond the EU; and the Scottish Government must do all in its power to maintain and improve our internal United Kingdom market.

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Strategy (22 Feb 2017)

Liam Kerr: ...context of the debate has been set. I was pleased that, in January, the Prime Minister launched the UK’s modern industrial strategy as a critical part of the British Government’s plan for post-Brexit Britain. It aims to deliver a stronger economy and a fairer society, in which wealth and opportunity are spread across every community in our United Kingdom and not concentrated in London...

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

Liam Kerr: ...such as freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial across the continent and established the European Court of Human Rights. The convention is entirely separate from the European Union. Brexit will have absolutely no effect on the ability of people to enforce convention rights or privileges in the UK. I generally prefer to listen to history lessons from Stewart Stevenson. That...

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

Liam Kerr: ...sectors. Our amendment notes the blue whiting issue and seeks to recognise the real opportunity of sustained economic benefit for our coastal communities and for every seafood sector presented by Brexit, but such benefits can happen only if parliamentarians from all parts of the political spectrum join together and throw their support behind our fishing communities to ensure the best...

Scottish Parliament: Single Market and Trade (European Union Referendum) (15 Nov 2016)

Liam Kerr: ...on exports to the EU and will continue to benefit from existing zero tariffs, for example in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In many markets that currently demand high tariffs, such as India, Brexit will not make the situation worse, and perhaps the UK will no longer be subject to EU excise duty or VAT. For all those reasons, our amendment asks the Parliament to support the UK...


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