Davidson meets Europe Minister on Brexit negotiations

Scottish Conservative Leader and Leader of the Opposition t Holyrood, Ruth Davidson, has met with Europe Minister, David Lidington, to discuss the best path for Scotland and the United Kingdom in the upcoming negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU.

At the meeting they agreed that the Scottish Government should be integrally involved at all stages of negotiations and highlighted the importance of involving all the devolved administrations to ensure the best deal for the whole of the UK.

Ms Davidson said: ‘I was pleased to meet with David to discuss the upcoming negotiations and the best way forward for Scotland and the wider UK.

‘We both agreed that it is vital for the voice of Scotland to be heard in these talks, and that the Scottish Government should be involved at all stages of the negotiations.

‘There is undoubtedly a need for all the devolved administrations to work with the UK Government to ensure we get a deal that reflects the needs of all of us.

‘Chiefly amongst this will be our continued access to the single market.

‘Protecting our trade with the European Union will boost our economy, sustain jobs and help to fund vital public services.’

Given that the UK market is several times the size of the EU market for Scottish exports, retaining the right of access to that market as a member of the British union is the over-riding priority.

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  • She doesn’t look so jaunty as late. I wonder why.
    Interesting to note the Torys like to project new MSP,Prof.Smirky,onto our TV screens. That,in itself,augurs well for Scottish Independence.
    As they say,don’t interrupt your enemy while they make a cod of it!!

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    A.Salmon July 7, 2016 8:47 am Reply
  • Talking of cod, Nicola S can’t be too happy with the  Scottish Fishermen’s Federation statement to Scottish Government that it was “the unanimous view of our membership of the real and positive opportunities that leaving the EU would bring to our fishing communities”.

    As I have said on many previous occasions on FA, Brexit is NS’, and the SNP’s worst nitemare. Hence her Delphic position on holding IndyRef(2) with statements like ;- “Scotland voted to remain in the EU”, and it was her job to make sure all options were considered to “achieve that outcome”, yet she makes NO definitive commitment to the IndyRef(2) option, instead blandly suggests it as “highly likely”.

    Looks like IndyRef(2) will be long, long time coming, if ever.

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    Scotnat July 7, 2016 12:33 pm Reply
    • You must be the only person in Scotland that doesn’t know another REF is coming.
      Do you live on St.Kilda?

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      A.Salmon July 7, 2016 4:49 pm Reply
      • Aye, good luck with that one AS. You’ve really not thought this through, have you?

        Whilst the EU project collapses, the new opportunities for the UK are huge. For too long we have relied on trade mainly with the EU and had little ambition outside that. This is proven by the fact that, according to the Remain camp, we have few trade negotiators left as the EU deal with that. That apparantly is a negative – it sure is, but not in the way they thnk

        That is a sorry state of affairs, it truly is. Look at the growth rates across the EU – pathetic.

        This is an opportunity for the UK to start making the most of opportunities with New Zealand (who we ditched thanks to the EU btw), Canada, India, the US (wait to TTIP to fall through and us go to the top of the queue) and importantly – China.

        They are all there for the taking – of mutual benefit to all parties and nothing to hold us back.

        The opportunities for the UK and Scotland outside the EU are massive – it just takes vision to see them.

        Nicola Sturgeon has put her eggs int he EU basket. She is an EU fanatic which is totally at odds with her separatist agenda in the UK.

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        JB July 7, 2016 10:49 pm Reply
        • You are now taking the Kezia happy pills thus exposing a human trait,once thought to be embarrassing.
          You now have Farting against thunder,as well as your other deficiencies .

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          A.Salmon July 7, 2016 11:39 pm Reply
          • I recall asking why it took the SNP so long to hold their referendum – it was all to do with the parliamentary process, Royal Assent etc etc. SO, using the same timescales as last time, and kicking off in October (unlikely I know!), you can expect to hold a referendum – at the very earliest – in December 2017. I wonder what the EU will look like then?

            You’ve backed the wrong horse if you think Brexit will give you independence – it will not – quite the opposite. Have a lovely evening!

            (Here’s some dates for you – but somehow I don’t think Mrs May will have any intention of starting any process off at all – Mrs Sturgeon is giving you false hope I’ afraid – just open your eyes and you will see! )

            15 Oct 2012 – Edinburgh Agreement signed by Scottish and UK governments
            15 Jan 2013 – Section 30 order confirmed. Authority to hold referendum transferred to Scottish Parliament. (HC Deb 556 c742-840)
            16 Jan 2013 – Section 30 Order confirmed in Lords. (HL Deb 742, c694-756)
            21 Mar 2013 – Referendum date announced
            07 Aug 2013 – Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill receives Royal Assent
            26 Nov 2013 – Scottish Government white paper Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an independent Scotland published
            17 Dec 2013 – Scottish Independence Referendum Bill receives Royal Assent

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            JB July 7, 2016 11:48 pm
        • Happy pills? Have a read here. Much more to come. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36740101

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          JB July 8, 2016 7:03 am Reply
  • The failure of the senior Leave campaigners to have even an outline plan has created uncertainty and the candidates for the tory leadership are not inspiring confidence with their statements so far; the only outline I’ve seen which appears to address the possibilities properly is the Flexcit plan by Richard North; some of his ideas are a little extreme but he argues the case well and from a position of knowledge.

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    db July 7, 2016 10:08 pm Reply
    • Desperate stuff.
      Goodbye uk

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      A.Salmon July 7, 2016 10:11 pm Reply
      • AS

        I fully understand your decision to emigrate. NS’ refusal to call IndyRef(2) must be a grave disappointment to you.

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        Scotnat July 8, 2016 8:44 am Reply
      • I’d have thought there would be some enthusiasm for a solution like Flexcit; the pathway deals with some of the more intractable problems needing answers if an independent Scotland is to be viable, so those who still seek independence ought to give it at least a cursory read.

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        db July 8, 2016 3:11 pm Reply
    • The Leave campaigners had no plan beyond the battle bus and the constant re-iteration of ” Take Back Control “. Cameron’s team had no plan except the constant re-iteration of Project Financial Fear, and certainly no contingency plans for the event of a Leave vote. It is highly doubtful that whatever government that emerges under Theresa May will have a plan, beyond staying in power and avoiding an early election. Labour doesn’t have a plan for itself let alone the country. But whatever fudge emerges there is likely to be another boil-over of political grievance and mistrust which, like the recent one, will likely be directed at the wrong targets.

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      Arthur Blue July 8, 2016 9:38 am Reply
    • The only people who had a legal obligation to have plans in place to deal with either of the outcomes of the EU Referendum were Her Majesty’s Government i.e. David Cameron and the members of his Cabinet. The fact that they did not plan for this is a gross dereliction of the duty that they owed to the people of the United Kingdom and they should be held legally accountable. It is interesting that the BBC new website is talking about whether following Chilcott Tony Blair could be the subject of legal action, they give a definition of misconduct in a public office as follows:
      ‘It is committed when a public official acting in the course of their duties wilfully neglects to perform that duty, or wilfully misconducts themselves to such a degree that their behaviour amounts to an abuse of the public’s trust in them.’

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      Bydand July 8, 2016 12:52 pm Reply
  • Kind of amusing that the SNP and the losers of the Indy Out campaign are the very samefolk who lost the Indy vote because they could not provide fiscal/migration/nationality status answers on a post-union Scotland. These folk are the very same ones who are now knocking the Brexit winners for not disclosing their post-EU fiscal plan.

    No Indy vote for at least a generation…and the new PM will be a lady who “is not for turning” 🙂 just face it… you are stuffed.

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    Karl Hughes July 8, 2016 6:47 am Reply
    • It would be interesting to have your answers, Karl, on the fiscal/immigration/nationality status of a post-Brexit UK … or of its various spin-offs. Anyone who offers simplistic promises on these things is either a fool or a charlatan.
      The ” Lady who is not for Turning ” has already indicated that a lot of negotiations lie ahead. Negotiations involve more than one party and their outcome always involves compromises. Which fervent Brexiteers detest.

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      Arthur Blue July 8, 2016 10:50 am Reply
    • Old iraqi Karl . Messes up Iraq and now thinks he can mess up Scotland.

      The Osborne financial package is stuffed. May who supported Osborne–at least up pre vote– supported it. Now they are all silent. rUk is stuffed. Maybe Iraqi Karl will head to his old hunting grounds to help out. His ilk have done so well in the middle east.

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      No Cheese Here July 9, 2016 5:07 pm Reply
  • Our Business Secretary – Sajid Javid – sets off today on a round word tour of Britain’s key trading partners starting in India – who says we are not organised ! There is no disarray in the UK – we presently have a Prime Minister, a Cabinet and a Government at Westminster carrying out their normal business. There is to be a new Prime Minister shortly who is being elected under a democratic and proven system. Where’s the problem? The only gory bit has been the Gove/Boris situation. The encouraging news – for those few people who like to hear encouraging news – can be found here:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/07/sajid-javid-to-start-round-the-world-trade-tour-to-secure-britis/

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    Malcolm Kirk July 8, 2016 10:55 am Reply
    • Not ours,my dear deluded boy,Yours!
      In other news,The Good Fairy Kezia has been on a procurement mission to the USA to bring back as many Magic Ponies as BA will allow in Stearage!
      Federal Solution,best laugh of the day,courtesy of Yoondom!!

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      A.Salmon July 8, 2016 12:28 pm Reply
  • When are some of our less than realistic SNP correspondents on here going to admit to some basic facts:
    * the majority of the UK voted out, even by a relatively small margin.
    * membership of the EU is for the UK as a whole entity and as such exit deals cover the whole of the UK, not its constituent nations of which, for the time being, Scotland is one.
    * The SNP is in a difficult posiion – it gained the most votes, but didn’t win the referendum on independence. Of course, the Scottish Gov’t has the right to raise the concerns of the people following the Brexit vote and exploring the situation but they should be planning with Westminster to get the best deal on exiting the EU for Scotland.

    The vote’s happened; UK has to work out the best deal and we do have some leverage.It is also a great opportunity – if we have the guts to take it – to support our own homegrown talents and industries and go out and get deals that aren’t tied into EU dictats

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    Jade July 9, 2016 12:12 am Reply
    • Westminster DICTAT– The Scot’s are getting nuclear weapons.The Scot’s and Irish are out of Europe.

      In the EU the majority of nations have no nuclear weapons on their land. No Dictat

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      No Cheese Here July 9, 2016 5:23 pm Reply
  • http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14608367.The_Irish_island_campaigning_to_become_part_of_Scotland/

    C’mon Newsie with your NI roots a Scotland/NI/RoI in EU .

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    No Cheese Here July 9, 2016 5:19 pm Reply
  • I look forward to A Salmond and NCH explaining on this topic how an independent Scotland is going to balance the books without tax rises and huge cuts in public services.
    It should make interesting reading!

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    Treble T July 13, 2016 6:06 pm Reply

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