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Scottish Parliament: Universities (No-deal Brexit) (17 Sep 2019)

Gillian Martin: ...To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the newly-released Universities UK survey, which claims that Scotland’s universities will lose staff and students in the event of a no-deal Brexit. (S5T-01782)

Scottish Parliament: Universities (No-deal Brexit) (17 Sep 2019)

Gillian Martin: ...by our party, last week the UK Government performed a much-needed U-turn on its decision to remove the post-study work visa. Has his office assessed the impact that the past three years of pre-Brexit chaos, and a Tory Government that wants to end freedom of movement at all costs, have already had on the sector in terms of funding and in terms of recruitment and retention of staff and students?

Scottish Parliament: Universities (No-deal Brexit) (17 Sep 2019)

Gillian Martin: Scottish universities have, as far as they can, done a tremendous job in working with their staff and students from other EU countries to prepare for Brexit, but given that one in five academics in Scottish universities originates from another EU country, what can the Scottish Government do to ensure that they continue to want to work here? Does the minister agree that freedom of movement...

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Gillian Martin: I think that this is the fourth debate that I have been involved in on the potential detrimental effects of the UK Government’s post-Brexit policies on Scottish universities. Hard or soft Brexit, deal or no deal, the potential damage that could be done by short-sighted and ill-thought-out immigration policies has been a common thread throughout my speeches in all of those debates. I make it...

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

Gillian Martin: Today is the chance for the Scottish Parliament to have its say on Boris Johnson’s undemocratic and increasingly dictatorial plans for a no-deal Brexit. As we vote tonight, regardless of our party, we should all remember who it was that made it possible for each one of us to have the privilege of serving in Parliament: our constituents. We all have a duty to reflect their stated wishes with...

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

Gillian Martin: I am extremely grateful for that intervention, because Colin Clark was a remainer, and he has turned into a Brexiteer. I wonder how people in my constituency feel about that; in fact, I know how they feel about it—they are asking me to complain. I will come on to Colin Clark later. I turn to the so-called prorogation—or, in plain English, which members in this place are more fond of, the...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2019-20 (4 Sep 2019)

Gillian Martin: ...some poor MP had a 10-minute rule debate to which next to nobody was listening. It was on air quality. The poor chap was bookended by high political drama and the denouement of three years of Tory Brexit civil war. What chance did he have to draw attention away from that to environmental issues in a place that has hardly passed any relevant legislation in the past three years, with a...

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

Gillian Martin: ...transition commission. I gently suggest to Labour that it, too, should be mindful of the fact that the Aberdeen wind farm was awarded €40 million of funding from the European Union. With a hard Brexit on the horizon, the loss of such funding could mean that large renewables projects are put in jeopardy, along with the jobs that come with them. Let us work together to avoid that situation.

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

Gillian Martin: 5. To ask the Scottish Government how it will assist the tourism sector to attract workers in the event of Scotland being impacted by an end to the freedom of movement following Brexit. (S5O-03268)

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Travel Companies) (16 May 2019)

Gillian Martin: Brexit still has not happened, but the damage is already being done. Today, there are doubts whether Thomas Cook, a travel company with 180 years of history, can continue as a going concern. Does that not demonstrate the impact of Brexit on ordinary families—in this case, families who are looking forward to their well-earned holidays—and why it is so important for Scotland to say no to...

Scottish Parliament: Pension Credit (9 May 2019)

Gillian Martin: ...to use food banks is a national disgrace. Of course, the announcement of this latest pensions time bomb was revealed by the Tory Government on the eve of Prime Minister Theresa May’s humiliating Brexit-deal defeat in January—it was slipped in under the radar, with no debate or vote in the House of Commons. The cut was made as part of the Welfare Reform Act 2012, and the pensioners of...

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Institutions (Brexit) (1 May 2019)

Gillian Martin: Brexit will also affect students from European Union countries who want to study at our universities. The United Kingdom Government has talked about three-year study visas. Given that Scottish undergraduate courses last four years, what is the Scottish Government doing to highlight to the UK Government the fact that a three-year visa system will simply not work in Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: Impact of 20mph Speed Limit on Rural Economy (7 Mar 2019)

Gillian Martin: ...many ECMT—European Conference of Ministers of Transport—permits road hauliers in Scotland have applied for and how many they have received back? What impact might that situation have on post-Brexit export and import of key foodstuffs, including in relation to wholesale providers and seafood and fish exporters such as those in north-east Scotland?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

Gillian Martin: ...of clauses, covering standards and tariffs on vast numbers of products. Liam Fox was told that by trade experts. Fox hubristically said in response that the negotiation of 40 trade deals post-Brexit—the minute after, the second after—would be “the easiest in human history”. Well, he has had nearly three years to do it. Where are the deals? We know that one of May’s absolute red...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

Gillian Martin: .... If that flow stalls, fish processing factories in my constituency could have to close down. I am sad to say that, despite the fact that so many of the Scottish Tory MSPs campaigned against Brexit, including their leaders, they, too, will not stand up for what is best for Scotland’s economy, as Liam Kerr has just illustrated. For that, the people of Scotland, who stand on the cusp of...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (Impact of United Kingdom Immigration Policy) (28 Feb 2019)

Gillian Martin: The chief economic adviser’s report, “No Deal Brexit—Economic Implications for Scotland”, notes: “The impact of a No Deal Brexit economic shock will not be uniform across Scotland” and particular sectors “are anticipated to see the greatest impact”. Aberdeenshire was ranked as one of the local authorities with the highest concentration of EU workers in the most exposed...

Scottish Parliament: Second European Union Referendum (17 Jan 2019)

Gillian Martin: We know that Theresa May’s proposed deal is finished, that the confidence vote to force a general election has failed and that a no-deal Brexit is unthinkable. For any progress to be made to end the Brexit stalemate, does the First Minister agree that we need a second European Union referendum, and will she call on Labour to join us in that demand?

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

Gillian Martin: It will be very obvious from every speech on the subject that I have made in Parliament that I am a supporter of staying in the European Union, and that I struggle to find any positives to Brexit. When it comes to the financial benefits of membership of the EU, agriculture in Scotland is one of the main beneficiaries. Those benefits have been outlined many times by members in the past two...

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

Gillian Martin: ...neighbours, colleagues and friends who have come to Scotland from other EU countries would have found it impossible under the proposed immigration system that the UK Government is set to adopt post-Brexit, which includes a proposed £30,000 income minimum for skilled migrants. I genuinely do not know what is proposed for students and people who want to stay, work and contribute here...

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

Gillian Martin: It is difficult to quantify exactly the impact of Brexit on scientific research in Scotland for a number of reasons. First, reports tend to concentrate on UK data, although we know that Scottish universities punch well above their weight, given our nation’s size and population, in succeeding in garnering EU funding from horizon 2020, and they have been significant partners in EU...


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