The will of the people must be heard on final Brexit deal

By Ian Murray MP *This article first appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News on 05/04/18*   By this time next year, if Theresa May has her way, the UK will have left the EU. Britain’s economy, already the slowest growing in the G20, will be struggling with plummeting business confidence, political chaos, and the loss […]

Government must not rule out a free trade deal

A new report from the influential Commons Brexit committee has urged the UK Government to consider negotiating continued membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) or joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chair Ian Murray MP said: “This report shows just how misguided the Tories are by ruling […]

ONE YEAR TO GO – Labour must rise to the occasion

Today marks one year to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, at 11pm on March 29, 2019.     Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chairs Kezia Dugdale MSP, Ian Murray MP and Catherine Stihler MEP said: “If we leave the EU, the catastrophic impact on jobs and the UK’s economy will […]

One year to fight for a better, shared future

By Kezia Dugdale MSP *This article first appeared in the Daily Record on 27/03/18*   This Thursday marks the one-year countdown to Brexit. One year left to prevent the single biggest political and economic crisis we’ll face in our lifetimes. One year left to fight for the jobs and protections that the EU provides. There […]

Report warns of Brexit damage to key economic sectors

A new report for the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre has warned that Brexit poses ‘significant worries’ for all six of Scotland’s key economic sectors. Read more by clicking here to visit the Scotland on Sunday website, or click here to read the original report. Heatmap – Brexit and the Scottish economy: issues across the Growth Sectors […]

EU27: Integrity of the Single Market is ‘priority’

A new report has concluded that EU countries ‘are clear that the integrity of the Single Market is their priority’ following Brexit. The Institute for Government study, ‘Negotiating Brexit: the views of the EU27’, states: “If the UK wants a privileged relationship with that market, it will have to abide by many of its rules.” […]

Hard nationalism is driving the Brexit process

By Ian Murray MP *This article first appeared on LabourList on 21/03/18* I have no idea what former BBC weather anchor, Mr Bill Giles’s personal views are on Brexit, perhaps he is completely opposed, but there was something familiar about his complaint that the BBC’s new weather map graphics shows too much of continental Europe. […]

Britain’s fishing industry could be worse off outside the EU

By Catherine Stihler MEP This article first appeared in The i newspaper on 21/03/18 So we’re going to ‘take back control’ of our fishing waters, the Brexiteers have declared. It won’t happen until after the Brexit transition period however, which has so upset Nigel Farage and his friends that they dumped some dead fish into […]

Hospitality chief warns of “serious trouble” if freedom of movement ends

The head of Scotland’s hospitality industry has today warned that ending freedom of movement after Brexit will leave businesses in ‘pretty serious trouble’. Willie Macleod, executive director for Scotland with trade body UKHospitality, told MSPs on Holyrood’s economy committee there is the risk of a significant ‘labour market issue’. “If, as seems likely, we’re going […]

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 […]

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