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Results 21–40 of 50 for brexit speaker:Peter Chapman

Scottish Parliament: LEADER Programme (6 Mar 2018)

Peter Chapman: ...does wish to become involved, apart from in agreeing the high-level rules and regulation that we need to protect our internal UK single market. If Mairi Gougeon wants a LEADER scheme in place post-Brexit, she needs to lobby her own Government ministers to come up with a plan. It is their responsibility and in their hands. Instead of the Scottish National Party Government planning for...

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

Peter Chapman: No, not now. Brexit will see us control our borders, not close them. Instead of working on a separate system for Scotland, driving more wedges between us and the rest of the UK, the SNP Government should be working with the UK Government to ensure that the new system meets the needs of both Scottish and UK agriculture and food processing. In response to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs...

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

Peter Chapman: I am glad to lead off the debate for the Scottish Conservatives today. Since the Brexit vote in June 2016, the fishing industry has been extremely positive about the challenges and opportunities that it faces. It has been a pleasure to work with its representatives over the past year and it is a privilege to speak on their behalf in today’s debate. The past 18 months have been good for our...

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

Peter Chapman: ...the environment and keeps our fishermen fishing. We can design a better way to manage our fish stocks. This is an important debate, and it has allowed me to outline a possible way through the Brexit negotiations for our fishing industry. We can deliver a vibrant future for our fishing industry, and our towns and villages around the coast that are dependent on fish for their future...

Scottish Parliament: Farm Incomes (8 Nov 2017)

Peter Chapman: There is a bigger picture here. I am very concerned that there is still no idea of what system of support the cabinet secretary is planning to put in place to support Scottish agriculture post-Brexit.

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy Convergence Moneys (25 Oct 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...MPs is making a difference. Those MPs are working hard and have real clout in Westminster. A lot has happened in the three and a half years since the debate on convergence took place, including Brexit. It is now far more important to look forward, but we have a cabinet secretary who is obsessed with the past, rather than looking forward. He wants power over agriculture in Holyrood but not...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Negotiations) (25 Oct 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...of positive thinking into today’s debate, which seems to have been brought to the Parliament by the SNP as another opportunity to continue criticism of the UK Government. I acknowledge that the Brexit vote brings uncertainty, but I also welcome the opportunities that it has to bring. I wish that the Scottish Government could do the same and, for once, focus positively on the future of...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Negotiations) (25 Oct 2017)

Peter Chapman: I will move on. Our fishing sector is one of the most important sectors of Scotland’s food industry. The industry has the potential to flourish post-Brexit and the Scottish Government should be grasping that opportunity with both hands. The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has been extremely vocal about the sea of opportunity that exists post-Brexit. The SFF has stated: “The catching...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Negotiations) (25 Oct 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...our trade with the EU. Scotland has many fine farmers who are hard working, technically efficient, with high standards and open to change. Change is imperative as the farming industry moves beyond Brexit and into the future. We have the opportunity to help this key industry to evolve, investing in new ways to help to improve productivity, efficiency and resilience. A continuing focus on...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Negotiations) (25 Oct 2017)

Peter Chapman: —that Brexit can bring to those key industries in Scotland, but I make it clear that I strongly disagree with the Scottish Government’s current position.

Scottish Parliament: Fish Processing (5 Oct 2017)

Peter Chapman: We expect increased tonnages of fish landings post-Brexit, so it is very concerning that, between 2008 and 2016 in Scotland, there was a 34 per cent decline in fish processing factories and a 12 per cent decline in people employed processing fish. Those fish are being driven to areas such as Grimsby where there are significantly lower business rates and running costs. There seems to be no...

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

Peter Chapman: ...UK. Of the beef that we produce here, 90 per cent is exported, and 90 per cent of that goes to England. Our internal single market is vital and we need to remember that during all the talk about Brexit. This has been a good debate. It has been consensual and optimistic for the most part and I have enjoyed listening to and taking part in it. If only I had a dram to add to my glass of water,...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...the opportunities that leaving the EU may bring. The SNP continually shouts that the Westminster Government is planning a so-called power grab, yet we have been absolutely clear that, after Brexit, Holyrood will have more powers. When will the SNP start to work positively and support the process of getting the best possible deal, instead of using the process as a means of berating and...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...spoiling tactic is making the securing of a good deal for the whole UK much more difficult. Instead of being positive about the sea of opportunity that there will be for the fishing industry after Brexit, Fergus Ewing has announced that Scottish trawlers will suffer a quota cut if a certain percentage of their fish are not landed in the UK. That is completely the wrong approach. We all...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit Negotiations (Fishing Industry) (18 May 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...specific in saying that we are leaving the common fisheries policy and taking control of our waters to 200 miles, is the minister, like me, very much clearer on the way forward for fishing post-Brexit? It is certainly not expendable.

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries (17 May 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...their fish are in great demand in Europe—indeed, buyers are queueing up to get the top-quality fish that we supply, which is often unavailable elsewhere. It is also a fact that our stance in the Brexit negotiations is to get a comprehensive free trade deal. Why should we not get a free trade deal, given that such a deal is as much to the Europeans’ benefit as it is to ours? Iceland...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Law Reform (2 May 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...crofts, which would potentially provide opportunities for new entrants and young crofters. Jamie Greene also highlighted that issue. Furthermore, Mr MacKinnon pointed out the opportunities from Brexit. Indeed, with more focus on environmental issues post-Brexit, there could be better ways to support crofting. There is, no doubt, much to be said about such an idea, and I hope that the...

Scottish Parliament: Freedom of Movement (Agriculture and Horticulture Workers) (1 Mar 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...entry in the register of interests. The minister will be aware that farmers north and south of the Tweed will be looking carefully at the issue of agriculture workers. Does he agree that the UK’s Brexit approach should be based on economic issues across sectors, and not geography?

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (24 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...growth of farm woodland. That would assist in making farmers less dependent on volatile food prices by diversifying their businesses, and is vital if we are to deliver our tree-planting targets. Brexit undoubtedly poses a challenge for funding new forests post-2020, but the answer is simple: the money must be allocated. Reports tell us that we are on course to import nearly 80 per cent of...

Scottish Parliament: Rural Development (Funding) (19 Jan 2017)

Peter Chapman: ...argue for roughly the same level of support as we have been used to. It is time for the SNP to accept that we will not be members of the EU after 2019 and to start planning for the future after Brexit. Starting that process will require a clear set of objectives. It will need guiding principles that inform policy throughout. There are serious concerns that the population of farmers is...

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