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Scottish Parliament: Scottish Products (United States Tariffs) (14 Nov 2019)

Brian Whittle: ...can impose similar tariffs on the import of US goods into the EU. The Scottish Government’s motion that we are debating is a bit of a puzzle. Quite how the Scottish Government managed to shoehorn Brexit into a debate on an EU-US trade dispute will be beyond all but the SNP’s most ardent supporters. Most people will recognise that, for the SNP, the debate is about blatant politicking,...

Scottish Parliament: NHS and Social Care Staff (Workplace Support) (3 Apr 2019)

Brian Whittle: ...are given the support, room and encouragement to apply their knowledge. It is disappointing, therefore, to read the amendment from the cabinet secretary, who toes the SNP line of trying to blame Brexit for everything. There are staff shortages, and they were there long before Brexit. Will she consider the impact on the current staffing rates of Nicola Sturgeon cutting nursing and midwifery...

Scottish Parliament: NHS and Social Care Staff (Workplace Support) (3 Apr 2019)

Brian Whittle: You said it was Brexit.

Scottish Parliament: Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal (6 Mar 2019)

Brian Whittle: ...them to carry out their caring roles. More carers need to be identified.” I am sure that we said the same thing in the chamber last week. Therefore, although we get involved in arguments about Brexit, budgets and constitutional bun fights, this debate is an opportunity to remind us—through the clutter of politics—that we can change everyday things that affect people’s lives. Let us...

Scottish Parliament: European Atomic Energy Community (Impacts of Leaving) (26 Sep 2018)

Brian Whittle: I thank David Stewart for bringing the debate to the chamber. In the maelstrom that currently consumes British and Scottish politics, with Brexit and the continued constitutional bunfight, today’s debate should allow us the opportunity to have a much-needed balanced and informed debate on the potential fall-out—excuse the pun—from Brexit. It also serves to highlight the importance of...

Scottish Parliament: European Atomic Energy Community (Impacts of Leaving) (26 Sep 2018)

Brian Whittle: ...of the UK and the EU to benefit from sharing expertise in radiation research, radiation protection and the disposal of radioactive waste. In the blizzard of political posturing that surrounds Brexit, we have a responsibility to ensure that issues such as our relationship with Euratom remain high on the agenda in the Brexit negotiations. I would prefer us to do that in a public forum, so...

Scottish Parliament: European Atomic Energy Community (Impacts of Leaving) (26 Sep 2018)

Brian Whittle: ...a rosy picture”. I am an ardent remainer—one of the 62 per cent in Scotland, or the 48 per cent in the UK. We all make political points, but all that I was trying to say was that, within the Brexit environment, it is massively important that we get the opportunity to raise such issues continually and keep them on the agenda.

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Financial Accountability) (2 May 2018)

Brian Whittle: ...members are quick to say that there is a record amount of investment in the NHS, we are in a financial crisis. We have a record number of staff vacancies in the NHS, yet SNP members say, “It’s Brexit!” You have been in power for 10 years; 10 years—

Scottish Parliament: General Practice (29 Nov 2017)

Brian Whittle: .... For nearly two decades—in the second of which the SNP has been in charge—health has been a devolved matter. It is time that fingers stopped pointing elsewhere and people stopped hiding behind Brexit, as they have done recently—Fulton MacGregor tried to do that earlier—to cover up an increasingly difficult problem.

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Impact on Musicians and the Music Industries) (25 Oct 2017)

Brian Whittle: ...my ambitions, that one remains, although I must say that my musical career was cut tragically short due to a severe lack of talent. I state for the record that I was in the remain camp during the Brexit referendum. The business in which I was a director had its main technology office in Prague and it employed talent from all over Europe and beyond. I was disappointed to be on the losing...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Impact on Musicians and the Music Industries) (25 Oct 2017)

Brian Whittle: ...in the development of the arts and in many other areas. With that in mind, I am happy to continue to encourage any musician from anywhere in the world to come to ply their trade in Scotland. When Brexit is finally agreed, musicians from around the world, including the EU, will continue to be welcomed to Scotland, and Scotland’s musicians will have an opportunity to travel and work around...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Strategy (14 Sep 2017)

Brian Whittle: I am delighted to speak in this important debate, and I thank Fergus Ewing for setting me on a path by raising my interest in public food procurement. It was during one of the many Brexit Tuesday debates last year that, when I dared to suggest that perhaps we should take the opportunity to look at the sourcing of food and drink in public procurement, the cabinet secretary got to his feet,...

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Information Requests (21 Jun 2017)

Brian Whittle: ..., I thought that I would add my experience of making FOI requests and submitting written questions to the Government. Early on in the session, in speaking in a debate on farming on one of the many Brexit Tuesdays, I had the temerity to suggest that we should take the opportunity to look at the Scottish market for Scottish produce. Fergus Ewing stood, puffed out his chest and boomed that...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (21 Mar 2017)

Brian Whittle: ...”, but this is not the debate that the majority of Scots would choose. Contrary to the latest constitutional myth dreamt up by the SNP, Scotland does not face a choice between independence and Brexit. It faces a choice between pragmatically dealing with the situation that it finds itself in as the result of democratically held votes or being dragged by the SNP Government into yet more...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (21 Mar 2017)

Brian Whittle: The chamber hosts a never-ending game of SNP buzzword bingo: Westminster, Tory austerity and Brexit. No matter what the topic or the question is, the rhetoric is always the same. It is always designed to cultivate division in Scotland and between Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as to stoke up grievance and resentment. It is a case of independence no matter what the cost is to my...

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

Brian Whittle: ...fishermen makes it on to Scottish dinner tables and continues to be lauded across Europe and further afield. It is a big world out there, and it is time to think big. Many of us did not vote for Brexit, but that is the will of the British people, so the SNP Government needs to stop its constant talk of doom and gloom and its constant pointing south with feigned indignation and take its...


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