Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2020.

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At this crucial time, when we are dealing with a deadly and unseen killer virus, with what importance does the Scottish Government view the relationship between the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the expert medical and scientific community in the United Kingdom? Is it not foolhardy in the extreme to sever that important relationship because of Brexit at this crucial time, when, as a country, we are dealing with a deeply serious public health emergency? For that reason alone, an extension to the Brexit transition period would make common sense.