Category Archives: Press release

Response to Sturgeon’s Brexit speech

NEWS FROM SCOTTISH LABOUR FOR THE SINGLE MARKET Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit speech and the Scottish Government’s new paper, ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe: Our Way Forward’, Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chair Ian Murray MP said: “There is no such thing as a good Brexit, and the First Minister is right to state […]

Loss of public service jobs

The potential loss of EU talent has emerged as a key concern of Scotland’s public services, according to new research by the BBC. Read more by clicking here Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chair Kezia Dugdale said: “This extensive research shows the devastating consequences of the Tories’ hard Brexit. “We know that 80,000 jobs […]

Comment on David Davis resignation

David Davis (left) has resigned as Brexit Secretary. Commenting on the resignation and the chaos engulfing the UK government, Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chair Ian Murray MP said: “The architect of this Brexit shambles has decided to resign because he and his cohort of hard Brexiteers can’t deliver the cliff-edge Brexit that will […]

Leaving the Single Market could cost Scotland £2.2billion

Leaving the European Economic Area could wipe £2.2billion-a-year from Scotland’s economy by 2030, according to major new research. The study shows that Labour’s proposal to stay in a Customs Union but not the EEA – which would enable membership of the Single Market – would cost the entire UK £29billion-a-year with the loss of more […]

Labour campaigns unite to fight for Single Market membership

LABOUR politicians from England, Scotland and Wales have come together in a new drive to prevent a hard Tory Brexit. Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray and Welsh Labour MP Stephen Doughty have joined Alison McGovern MP as directors of the Labour Campaign for the Single Market. With the Labour Party recently adopting a policy in […]

Murray and Whitfield vow to vote against hard Brexit

Scottish Labour MPs Ian Murray and Martin Whitfield have vowed to back the Single Market in a historic Commons vote secured by Labour Lords last night. Following the government’s shock defeat by 245 votes to 218 in the upper house, Theresa May will now be forced to give MPs a vote on the European Economic […]

Abstaining in the Lords would be a ‘dereliction of duty’

Scottish Labour peer George Foulkes will tomorrow join with party colleagues in the Lords to do what’s right for the UK by voting to keep the country in the European Economic Area. Peers have been told to abstain on an amendment tabled for Tuesday, but former MSP Lord Foulkes said he cannot back the party’s […]

Brexit policy puts workers’ rights at risk

Labour’s current Brexit policy will put workers’ rights at risk, Scottish Labour for the Single Market has warned. As countries across Europe mark Labour Day, or May Day, the organisation has urged Labour’s leadership at Westminster and Holyrood to urgently support membership of the European Single Market to defend rights. Siding with the Tories to […]

The Good Friday Agreement – 20 years on

On the 20th anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement, Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chairs Ian Murray MP, Catherine Stihler MEP and Kezia Dugdale MSP said: “The Good Friday Agreement brought about by Tony Blair’s government was one of our greatest achievements in office. “But there is now a very real risk of a […]

Comment on terms for Brexit transition period

Commenting on the terms for a Brexit transition period, Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chair Ian Murray MP said: “There is still no clarity from the Tory Government about what Britain ultimately wants from the negotiations. The Government has agreed to a fixed transition period of just 21 months, which simply extends the Brexit […]