BREXIT - THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN
The people have spoken. For the first time in its 66 year history a country, this country, has voted to leave the EU. Waking up this morning some will be elated, others bitterly disappointed. Many will have no sense of what has just happened or what it will mean. However, everyone will be united by the single question: what happens now?
There is speculation as to when Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union will be invoked, which will start the process of leaving the European Union. The Prime Minister has indicated it will not be until October, but there are rumblings in Brussels that it should be invoked immediately.
Regardless of the timing, the negotiations will be intense and complex on both sides of the Channel, as the UK disentangles itself from the EU.
At the same time, in London and in each of the UK’s national capitals, preparations will be made for the biggest reconfiguration of law in the history of our islands. Some laws will be repealed and replaced. Some rebranded. Government departments will begin to grapple with the reality of their new found responsibilities.
The departure of the UK form the EU will also have fundamental implications for the EU itself. Setting aside the fact that the UK is a net financial contributor and the EU’s single largest market, the UK is also a progressive liberal democracy which has championed the free market often against stiff continental resistance. The EU will look quite different.
Britain will succeed outside of Europe, of that I have no doubt. No other country has shaped the destiny and direction of our continent more than Great Britain and our influence will continue to be felt across Europe and further afield. Our global responsibilities, the reach of our economy - the fifth largest on the face of the globe, the impact of our science and research, the importance of our values all will continue to exert their influence.
I will remain in Brussels for as long as there is a role for me. The early stages of the negotiations will involve the European Parliament, and I will play my part. I will continue to stand up for Scotland’s interests. And then I will come home, and write my memoirs! It has indeed be an exciting time to be in Brussels.
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This piece originally appeared in the Express on the 19th of March 2016READ MORE
As Scotland’s First Minister took to the podium in Bute House, I took flight, literally. By the time she got down to business, I was 20,000 feet up in the air. There is a certain serenity that comes from soaring over Scotland, disconnected from telephonic communication and social media. But all good things must come to an end. By the time my flight had taxied to the gate, my inbox, Twitter account, WhatsApp, and messaging service were beeping, purring and twitching. It didn’t take long to learn that Ms Sturgeon was asking for another independence referendum. These generations, they pass so quickly…READ MORE
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My initial thoughts on some of the key elements of the Scottish Government's position paper.READ MORE
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This piece originally appeared in the Times on the 15th of November 2016READ MORE
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UPDATE: The consultation closed on 20th January 2017. The results have been analysed and sent to the relevant departments for consideration.READ MORE
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to speak to you today.READ MORE
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Ian Duncan MEP hosted Scottish Conservative External Affairs Spokesman Alexander Stewart MSP in Brussels this week, as part of a fact-finding visit to explore the implications of June’s vote to exit the European Union.READ MORE
Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today, which will exclude lifeboat launchers and protect tractors from unworkable EU regulation.READ MORE
The people have spoken. For the first time in its 66 year history a country, this country, has voted to leave the EU.READ MORE
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The purpose of this paper is to consider whether UK membership of the EU provides an advantage to the UK’s fishing sector.READ MORE
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Whilst all respondents stated that the Directives have played a significant role in managing Scotland’s natural habitats and species, the majority view is that there is room for improvement.READ MORE
Today my question to you is what can be done to make the CAP better? First Published, Press and Journal, 2nd April 2016READ MORE
Dr Ian Duncan is asking fishermen and farmers to tell him how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can be reformed as part of the Prime Minister´s renegotiation deal.READ MORE
ECR Rural Economy Policy Group, chaired by Ian Duncan MEP, hears from Commission and Council on Climate Change and Agriculture, CAP Reform and a possible investigation by the Commission into Scottish Government Farm Payment Crisis.READ MORE
Thanks to David Cameron the British people will have a say on our relationship with Europe for the first time in over forty years.READ MORE
Alex Johnstone MSP and I visited the Guide Dogs Scotland training centre in Forfar, to highlight my study into access rights for guide dog users across the EUREAD MORE