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Results 1–20 of 47 for brexit speaker:Neil Findlay

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (30 Oct 2019)

Neil Findlay: ...for health services growing. I wish that we were hearing from the Government on those important issues rather than witnessing this pathetic knockabout today. Does the cabinet secretary accept that Brexit is nothing compared to the complexity and upheaval of unravelling 300 years of social, economic and political integration with our friends and neighbours across the UK, and that what would...

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

Neil Findlay: ...parliamentary democracies in which power is loaned by the people to MSPs and MPs to exercise for a term of that Parliament, be it four, five or any other number of years. Throughout the Brexit referendum and since, we have heard much comment and spurious rhetoric from Johnson, Gove and the rest about taking back control, the need to restore UK sovereignty, the desire to make our own...

Scottish Parliament: Revoking Article 50 (27 Mar 2019)

Neil Findlay: ...of credibility that she ever had, making the UK a laughing stock across the world. It is indeed a tragedy. We have heard the Prime Minister parroting the phrases “strong and stable” and “Brexit means Brexit”, and now she is so lacking in self-awareness and comprehension of reality that all she can say is that her rejected deal is the only way to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The Prime...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations Debate (United Kingdom Government Response) (14 Mar 2019)

Neil Findlay: .... I am pleased that the Scottish Government engaged in that initiative and I hope that we will work closely with our colleagues in Wales on other issues, as well as continuing to work with them on Brexit. Will the cabinet secretary have a word in the First Minister’s ear to ask her to stop using the Welsh Government as one of her regular diversionary shields when she is in trouble at...

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

Neil Findlay: ...the situation in a general election that blew up right in her face? With less than a month to go, we are no clearer on the way forward, with the UK Parliament in deadlock. We are told that no-deal Brexit has to stay on the table as a negotiating strategy. I ask the Tories across the chamber: how would they assess the success of that strategy when they see Honda leaving Swindon, Nissan...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Response to European Union Exit Vote in Westminster) (19 Feb 2019)

Neil Findlay: ...and failed. She has tried for the first time to meet trade union leaders—again, that has failed. Her red lines remain in place, and the EU has rejected her wish to throw Ireland under her Brexit bus by reneging on the backstop. It is right to do so, because there must be no return to a hard border. All the while, businesses have grown more nervous, workers have feared for their jobs, and...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Preparations) (6 Feb 2019)

Neil Findlay: ...Jeremy Corbyn as a statesman, which is not a charge that could ever be levelled against Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox or any of the others who got us into this mess in the first place. As Brexit approaches, the anxieties of businesses, people in industry and workers grow. We have all tried our best to speak sense to the Prime Minister, but she is engaged in a 40-year Tory civil war...

Scottish Parliament: Response to the Outcome of the Meaningful Vote in Westminster (16 Jan 2019)

Neil Findlay: ...misery. He has contributed nothing during our debates over this period. Over the past two years, the Prime Minister has completely failed to engage in any discussion to build unity or a majority on Brexit. There has been no discussion with the leader of the Opposition or the shadow secretary of state, no involvement of the Scottish or Welsh Parliaments and no attempt to bring together...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Economy (16 Jan 2019)

Neil Findlay: I do not know whether Mr Harvie was in the chamber for the cabinet secretary’s statement. I made it absolutely clear, as Richard Leonard did in his speech, that we absolutely oppose a no-deal Brexit and that we will never accept it.

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future Economy (16 Jan 2019)

Neil Findlay: I say for the third time today that we oppose a no-deal Brexit. What part of that does Jamie Hepburn not get? I gave that commitment. Will he give a commitment to apologise to the Kaiam workers for failing to lift the phone and make any effort to save 300 jobs?

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Update (12 Dec 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...and loathed within her party. The Democratic Unionist Party has bailed out, her time is up and the country is crying out for change. Does the cabinet secretary accept that this goes way beyond Brexit, and that for those affected by universal credit and by poverty, pay cuts and the impact of a broad sweep of Tory policy we need a general election now to end this shambolic paralysis?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (5 Dec 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...be an unprecedented failure of Government and a personal humiliation for the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister’s Government has been found guilty of contempt of Parliament and it has lost two Brexit secretaries and a series of ministers. The Tory party is revolting—in many ways. The DUP has deserted it, and yesterday in Parliament the Government was defeated not once but on three...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed European Union Withdrawal Agreement (15 Nov 2018)

Neil Findlay: In the past 24 hours, we have entered the endgame in the 40-year-long civil war in the Tory party over Europe. Two and half years after the Brexit vote, we are presented with a withdrawal agreement that fails to meet the tests that Labour set. We will not support this bad deal. We have always put Scotland first on the issue, and the deal does not meet Scotland’s needs or, indeed, the needs...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Place in Europe: Our Way Forward (25 Oct 2018)

Neil Findlay: I thank the cabinet secretary for providing advance sight of his statement. The Conservative Party’s handling of Brexit has been a disaster. We are now just a matter of months from the date that the UK is due to leave the EU and yet no one is any clearer on what has been proposed. The Prime Minister was humiliated in Salzburg and has been repeatedly humiliated by her own party. The Chequers...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit Preparations (11 Sep 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...but I will not dwell on that. It is interesting that the cabinet secretary referred to the claim of right at the beginning of his statement, because it is a claim that his party failed to sign. As Brexit day edges ever closer, businesses, the fishing industry, farmers, workers and our citizens grow ever-more anxious. They see the UK Government in complete disarray with cabinet...

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

Neil Findlay: ...FirstBus withdrew their bus services; they want a bus that takes them to work and keeps them in a job. I mean the businesses and workers who have real concerns about their jobs and futures in post-Brexit Britain; they want reassurances and confidence so that they can plan the way forward. I mean the people in East Calder and Mid Calder who want a new health centre, those in Midlothian who...

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

Neil Findlay: Its plan would subject our public services to more job losses, more cuts and greater decline. The Scottish Labour Party is serious about the challenges that we face in a post-Brexit world. Part of the solution is to bring economic power into the hands of people in communities. We need commonsense ownership and we need power to be decentralised. It should be up to the City of Edinburgh Council...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...under pressure as never before, yet all the focus over the past nine months has been elsewhere: it has been on the increasingly polarised and divisive debate around the devolution of powers post-Brexit. Prior to Christmas, the Cabinet’s invisible man, David Mundell, gave a commitment that the UK Government would table amendments in the Commons to resolve the issue of consent. We were...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...to vote on at the end of the talking. Mr Dornan was probably not even aware of that. The mess has been created by the Tory party and exploited by the SNP. If we look at what is happening in the Brexit process, we see that Theresa May has been pushed by Labour to change her position on the customs union, and she changes it by the day. She is also moving on single market alignment. She is...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...that people voted for in such big numbers in 1997. We have defended devolution at every turn and from every attack, wherever it has come from, and now we seek to strengthen it as we take post-Brexit powers over areas that are critical to the development of the fair, just and progressive society that we want to create, such as public procurement. We want to use this Parliament’s powers to...


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