Monday, 11 September 2017 05:04


The Scottish Parliament’s Europe Committee will today (Monday) meet with Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator, as they continue their inquiry into the implications of EU withdrawal for Scotland.

While Mr Barnier will meet with the committee in Brussels, UK Brexit Secretary David Davis continues to avoid scrutiny – and still has not appeared before the Holyrood committee since he dodged a scheduled appearance at the beginning of this year.
The SNP has issued a fresh call for David Davis to have the courage to give evidence to the committee on Brexit and the impact upon Scotland.
Commenting ahead of today’s meeting, committee member Mairi Gougeon MSP said:
“We welcome the opportunity to discuss some of the major concerns about Brexit with Michel Barnier – one of the figures at the very heart of these critical negotiations. However it’s staggering that we’re yet to have that opportunity to speak with any UK Brexit ministers.
“For all the talk, for all the warm words, for all the bluster that they want to get a deal that works for Scotland, the UK government is treating our parliament with disdain and taking the public for fools.  
“David Davis ducked an appearance in front of Holyrood’s Europe committee at the start of the year and still hasn’t had the courage to rearrange.  
“But the door is still open – we’d welcome the opportunity to question the Secretary of State on how he intends to protect Scotland’s interests in the negotiations and beyond.
“Important questions such as how will he protect Scottish jobs, investment and living standards? How can we protect Scotland’s access to the world’s largest economic market? And can he guarantee that when powers return from Brussels that they come to Holyrood and won’t be seized by the Tories in a naked power grab? A visit by David Davis to the Scottish Parliament is long overdue.”   
Brexit Ministers Snub Holyrood Committee – 01/03/17

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