Scottish Affairs Committee in Glasgow to examine how EU affects Scotland

The Scottish Affairs Committee of the House of Commons will be in Glasgow on 9th May to hold a hearing examining how the EU referendum result could impact on Scotland’s economic, agricultural and knowledge sectors.

The committee members will be investigating the advantages and disadvantages that EU membership currently provides; and looking at how Scotland might look should we remain in or leave the EU.

They will be taking evidence from representatives of the sectors most likely to be affected, including:

  • Professor Sir Pete Downes, Convener of Universities Scotland;
  • Andrew McCornick of NFU Scotland;
  • Ross Dougal of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation;
  • Representatives of the Scottish Trades Union Congress; and of the Scotland’s business community.

The session is open to the public – which may be of interest to those still trying to make up their minds on how to vote on 23rd June in the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

Ahead of the session, the Chair of the committee, senior SNP MP  Pete Wishart said: ‘With much of the debate surrounding the EU referendum looking at the impact on the United Kingdom as a whole, we thought it important to look at the particular issues for Scotland, and how a vote to remain or leave could affect them.

‘We are very much looking forward to hearing from representatives from higher education, farming, fisheries and industry, ahead of speaking to the representatives from the Leave and Remain campaigns, as well as UK Government ministers, later in May.

‘This referendum will decide Scotland’s future relationship with the rest of Europe and it is important that we understand what is at stake for Scotland and how these issues may be different from the rest of the UK. If you are unsure about what it will mean for you, please come along and find out more.’

Details of the hearing on 9th May

Venue: City of Music Studio, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY

Time: From 11.15:

11.15am – Higher education

  • Professor Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee, and Convener, Universities Scotland

Midday – Agriculture and fisheries

  • Andrew McCornick, Vice President, NFU Scotland
  • Ross Dougal, President, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

12.45pm – Commerce, industry and employment

  • Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC
  • Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
  • Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Research, Chambers of Commerce Scotland
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  • I look forward to Pete Wishart seeking the positive case for leaving the EU as well as the positive case for staying…fat chance tho!

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    JB April 29, 2016 7:23 pm Reply

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    Hugh Jazz April 29, 2016 10:17 pm Reply
  • CFP and CAP have been ruinous for the rural scottish economy for 4 decades; discuss.

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    db April 30, 2016 1:52 am Reply
    • Ruinous indeed, a land of plenty being transformed into a desert. Sold out as a bargaining chip by Westminster’s corrupted and blackmailed politicians.
      We need total Independence and a full re-negotiation before we consider continuing in the EU.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie April 30, 2016 5:41 am Reply
      • Murdoch, there is no chance Brussels doesn’t renegotiate as you know and Scotland by itself has a lot less to offer than the UK.

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        Richard April 30, 2016 10:15 am Reply
        • Richard, If Brussels does not renegotiate with an Independent Scotland that means that it does not recognise Scottish Independence. How then can it accept Scotland as a member?
          This is a major issue to me and something the SNP have always glossed over.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie April 30, 2016 10:58 am Reply
          • MM

            Renegotiation is not applicable .

            But you are right, the SNP is glossing over EU membership issue.

            An Independent Scotland would be applying to join the EU, and negotiating an Independent Scotland’s terms of membership.

            It is then be up to EU members to vote for or against an Independent Scotland’s admission to the EU

            In the 2014 Independence referendum the SNP glossed over this procedure. But, in the unlikely event of a Brexit vote begetting Indyref(2) and the equally unlikely event that the SNP would win an Indyref(2) based, as it would be, to secure Scotland’s membership of the EU ,an Independent Scotland, on its current GDP/deficit ratio would fail EU membership criteria.

            I asked a SNP MEP this very question. His response? It was ‘premature’.

            Another case of the SNP glossing over ?

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            Scotnat April 30, 2016 11:28 am
          • Murdoch, Scotnat has given a very good answer, all I will add is that I believe Scotland would have to move to using the Euro, it would need a central bank and when the hidden borrowing is factored in I doubt if entry would be granted.
            We are in dangerous times and it appears that politicians both in Westminster and Holyrood have the attitude that the public will do what its told to do, also they are inward looking squabbling over how to deal with an economy with a simple problem over over spending on welfare, NHS, etc.
            Not one candidate standing for election has the balls to give straight answers, the other day people made it clear that the Blame Westminster game has to end, Holyrood will have the additional powers next year but all politicians can talk about is more tax and more benefits. What ambitious people we have leading us.

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            Richard April 30, 2016 12:19 pm
        • You still spouting your unadulterated excretion on these pages.
          Must be an election soon where you’re party is going to get whipped!
          If conservative,you’ll like that!!

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          Hugh Jazz April 30, 2016 11:24 am Reply
      • MM, that’s an interesting deviation from what Alex Salmond promised at the time of Indyref. He categorially stated, a number of times, that on becoming independent Scotland would remain a member of the EU. Nothing was ever said about “full re-negotiation” as part of staying in.

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        alex McKay May 1, 2016 7:30 am Reply
        • AM, I am commenting on what I would like to happen, not what suits Alex Salmond. I have voted SNP all my days, because they are the route to Independence from Westminster. I considered becoming a member more than once, but staying in the EU under the sold out conditions that Ted Heath and the rest of them saddled us with makes me hold back.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie May 1, 2016 8:27 am Reply
  • #VoteSNPbothVotes

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    Hugh Jazz April 30, 2016 9:02 pm Reply
  • Interesting to note that Mini hack is ignoring the forthcoming election by silence .
    It won’t work. They tried that in India!

    SNP both votes.
    Nicola for 1st Minister.

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    Hugh Jazz April 30, 2016 10:51 pm Reply
  • Nicola for 1st Minister.

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    Hugh Jazz May 1, 2016 11:48 am Reply
  • Someone mentioned ‘negotiation’ – there is no negotiation. Members of the EU are signed up to the aims and principles of the EU and the EC, and have very little scope for ‘negotiate’ terms, if any. David Cameron may have ‘negotiated’ a new deal, but frankly, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. But more importantly, it doesn’t address the fundamental issues that a huge number of people have with Britains membership of this undemocratic club.

    We could argue the small details all day long – and to do so would miss the real heart and nub of the matter.

    The EUs stated aim is ever closer union – economic, fiscal, monetary and ultimately, political union. As we have seen from the Greek financial crisis, and the migration crisis (both of which are not going away fast), without political union, each member tries to do it’s own thing, but jeopardises every other member when it does so.

    The EU is like a pack of cards and it’s waiting to collapse.

    Anyone in Britain has to consider – do they wish to be part of a union that takes away sovereignty from the UK? That’s what the EU does – that’s a fact.

    Murdoch mentions voting SNP for independence – and yet, the SNP want to be a full part of the EU. How can a nationalist party, that wants to be out of the UK, be so keep to join a union that will remove further power and decision making capability from all members?

    You want Scotland to be independent Murdoch – you must know, dep down, that even IF the SNP manage somehow to fool Scotland into being independent from the UK, the result will be a country with even LESS autonomy, not more.

    The SNP have zero authority or credibility when it comes to the EU argument – because they are on the wrong side of it. Isn’t it bizarre – the SNP desperate to get closer to a union that is totally undemocratic, removes powers and wants to centralise decision making.

    Coming back to the eletion and the referndum – it’s a hell of a convenient that the SNP are not mentioning the EU much at the moment – and it’s not because Scots are too stupid to distinguish the two – it’s because, with no main party advocating leaving the EU, talking about the issue would, by default, drive more people to vote UKIP.

    People deciding on how to vote should consider this – with the EU committed to closer union, does the UK really have a future as a full member of the EU, or should we quit now and forge our own relationship with the EU and accept that we’re never really going to fit in, so best shape a relationship that works best for both – we can’t keep being a reluctant member of a union we’ve never been comfortable in. If anything less than 60% of the UK vote to remain, this question will be back in 10 years (or ten months once Greece collapses and the eastern European countries fall out over the refugee situation).

    The UK is a natural fit for our nations. The EU – I think our track record with it in it’s short life suggests it is not.

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    JB May 1, 2016 1:51 pm Reply
    • Anti SNP rubbish. You should try going for a Sunday stroll. Much better than ranting about the Party which is about to get another Majority.
      Good for a laugh though!

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      Hugh Jazz May 1, 2016 2:08 pm Reply

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