CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

Brexit Evidence to Scottish Parliament European Committee

Last week I gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee on the implications of Brexit for Scotland.

05.12.2016.

Last week I gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee on the implications of Brexit for Scotland. I discussed my main policy areas - Fishing, Energy, Climate Change and Farming, as well as the current mood in Brussels.

I set out why we desperately need a North Sea Energy grid and why BREXIT should not be an impediment to its realisation. You can read the grid paper I published with the European Green Party here. I also outlined why I would take climate change out of the brexit negotiations entirely, a position I recently published in the Times.

I also explored the challenges and opportunities facing Scottish fishermen (which I have written about previously) and how it is important to have a clear Scottish and British negotiating stance.

I commented on the mood in Brussels regarding brexit, which is now one of acceptance: brexit does indeed mean exit.

Finally I also explored the rationale as to why there will be no separate deal for Scotland, and why London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast must work in unison to the get the best possible deal for the UK and for Scotland.