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Results 21–40 of 47 for brexit speaker:Neil Findlay

Scottish Parliament: Negotiations on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (24 Apr 2018)

Neil Findlay: All through this process, Scottish Labour has worked with others to bring about a resolution to the disagreements around the devolution of powers after Brexit, because we believe in devolution. In the House of Commons, Lesley Laird tabled amendments that would have resolved the situation but, disgracefully, Tory MPs were whipped to oppose them. Early on in the process, we proposed stand-still...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (21 Mar 2018)

Neil Findlay: Okay. Amendment 14A seeks to amend the Tory wrecking amendment. It is our view that any Brexit legislation must take account, and meet the needs, of the different nations and regions of the UK, and it must respect the devolution settlement. As such, it is of great importance that any steps to protect the UK’s domestic market are not seen to be at the expense of devolution, or incompatible...

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

Neil Findlay: ...and James Kelly have lodged a series of amendments that focus on protecting equality and environmental rights and the rights of workers and consumers. Those are key Labour demands all through the Brexit process. Section 13 gives Scottish ministers powers that go beyond the continuity of EU law to create new laws. We are not opposed to creating legislation that ensures that Scotland’s...

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

Neil Findlay: ...Nicola Sturgeon and Mike Russell claim to be the defenders of the devolution settlement, we have to take their claims with a gritter full of salt. The SNP exists to end devolution. It wants to use Brexit as another means of creating division between Scotland and the rest of the UK in order to advance its overall policy objective. We can contrast that with the Welsh Labour Government, which...

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

Neil Findlay: ...avoidable. David Mundell and Ruth Davidson ratted on a commitment given to this Parliament and to the Welsh Assembly that all powers that would ordinarily be devolved will be devolved following Brexit. I understand that there are 25 areas of disagreement. It is my view that, in the interests of openness, transparency and accountability, those 25 areas of disagreement should be published so...

Scottish Parliament: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill (28 Feb 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...implementation? Has any previous bill from a UK jurisdiction been given royal assent when it has not been deemed competent by the its Parliament and, given the Government’s previous defeat on Brexit issues in the Supreme Court, how confident is the Lord Advocate of defending the case? Finally, the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill has the potential...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Update (27 Feb 2018)

Neil Findlay: I t hank the cabinet secretary for his statement and offer my apologies for my appalling keyboard skills—mea culpa. The Government’s handling of the whole Brexit process has been shambolic from the beginning. The latest development lies squarely with the failure of David Mundell and Ruth Davidson, as the Scottish Tory leader, to deliver on commitments that were given to resolve issues...

Scottish Parliament: Population Needs and Migration Policy (22 Feb 2018)

Neil Findlay: ..., all of which are causing economic concern. If the Government’s population growth targets are to be met, we need to rely on net inward migration of something like 9,000 people a year. With Brexit approaching—or here—such a level might be difficult to maintain if there is no clear understanding of the system that will replace the existing arrangements. As the negotiations head for...

Scottish Parliament: Population Needs and Migration Policy (22 Feb 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...for workers in a range of sectors. Our NHS and our social care system have major skills shortages. If we combine the failings of workforce planning with a further drain of people because of Brexit, we will have an even greater problem on our hands. Graeme Dey and others mentioned the agriculture and food sectors. Pauline McNeill mentioned academia. The construction industry was mentioned,...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (23 Jan 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...it—some of them undermining their previously stated position. All the while, they caused bad blood, further undermined trust and good will and played into the hands of those who want to use Brexit as an excuse to open up other debates. What explanation did Mr Fraser get from the Secretary of State for Scotland about why Tory MPs refused to support Labour’s amendment to the clause,...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (23 Jan 2018)

Neil Findlay: ...that position. I am glad that there is committee unity on the matter. Where we can work together with other parties in the national interest, we will do so. Labour has six key tests for the Brexit deal, and we intend to push the UK Government all the way to meeting them. The deal must lead to a strong future relationship with the EU; maintain the benefits of the single market and the...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (23 Jan 2018)

Neil Findlay: ..., control the parliamentary timetable. They have the extensive resources of the civil service and Government lawyers at their disposal, yet they failed miserably, and their on-going handling of the Brexit process lurches from one mess to the next. We cannot accept the current situation. In June, my party stood on a manifesto of returning EU powers that would ordinarily be held in devolved...

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

Neil Findlay: .... I reciprocate that. I am sure that we will work together on many issues over the coming weeks and months, and I am sure that we will work together on exposing the Tories’ shambolic handling of Brexit. I am very sorry that Mr Carlaw is feeling poorly today. It is rather unusual for someone to get a migraine prior to a speech by him; people usually get migraines during or after his...

Scottish Parliament: Point of Order (2 Nov 2017)

Neil Findlay: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Yesterday the United Kingdom Parliament voted unanimously to instruct the UK Government to release in full 58 sectoral papers on Brexit and the impact assessments that accompany them. It now appears that the Tory Government will either refuse to do that or will release the papers heavily redacted, thus holding Parliament in contempt. It is my...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Negotiations and Scotland’s Future (27 Jun 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...the will of this Parliament on fracking, on NHS closures, on council budgets, on Highlands and Islands Enterprise and on the football act, and she ploughs on regardless. We can have a choice after Brexit: it is called a general election, when we can elect Jeremy Corbyn to lead a Labour Government and to change this country. That day cannot come soon enough for me. Does the First Minister...

Scottish Parliament: Food Banks (9 May 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...directs money into areas of most need. Presiding Officer, I am just finishing. This topic deserves much more time than a members’ business debate. We have had 20 or so debates on every aspect of Brexit. I wish that we had had 20 debates on issues such as this.

Scottish Parliament: SinoFortone and China Railway No 3 Engineering Group Memorandum of Understanding (29 Mar 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...be held again. It seems that, like the word “generation”, the word “inaugural” is taking on a new and foreshortened meaning. The Chinese deal is not a one-off. Given the dual uncertainty of Brexit and another independence referendum, is it any surprise that the Government needs to scour the globe for investment from often questionable regimes? Did the SNP decide to hold its nose or...

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Strategy (22 Feb 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...much more co-ordinated approach through procurement, investment, planning, skills, research and development, Government investment, financing infrastructure and more. Although many questions about Brexit need to be answered, there are—if we take them—opportunities, too. The right to provide state aid to industries and sectors must be a priority in the negotiations. Having the right to...

Scottish Parliament: Industrial Strategy (22 Feb 2017)

Neil Findlay: I do not know where the cabinet secretary is getting the idea from that I support a hard Brexit. I have never said that. What I am saying is that we should not pretend that everything that comes with Brexit is a negative. If we have the right mindset and a decent negotiation for the conditions of Brexit, we can do things that would positively be an advantage to a proactive industrial policy....

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Article 50) (7 Feb 2017)

Neil Findlay: ..., the crisis in social care, the butchering of local government and the failings in our transport system. Week after week, we have had a debate speculating about the EU, the single market and how Brexit might impact on everything from holidays in Magaluf to the price of an iceberg lettuce. However, the SNP scrupulously avoids debating its record on health, education, transport and other...


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