August 19th Brexit Bulletin

Once again welcome to my latest Brexit Bulletin. It has never been more important to keep up to date with what is happening with Scotland in Europe, and I am committed to keeping my constituents up to date with developments.

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This week I was in Dublin, meeting with the Institute of International and European Affairs. I went to reach out to our friends and colleagues across the EU to compare notes on what Brexit means for us all, and see where we can work together.

The Brexit vote has huge implications for Ireland, and we will need to make sure that we work closely with our friends there to try and find some sort of solution to the mess we’re all in. You can read more of my thoughts here.

Whilst there I also met with various members of the media to discuss Scotland and Ireland’s response to the result. A podcast I recorded with the Irish Times is available online (I speak between 13mins 20s and 23mins 50s).

When will Brexit take place? In truth nobody knows but as time ticks on it is becoming increasingly likely that Brexit will not take place before 2019 as the EU observer explains

Nicola Sturgeon held a meeting in Edinburgh open to all EU nationals to reassure them that to the Scottish Government “You are not bargaining chips - you are human beings”.

In a rather more ironic move leave campaigner Gisela Stuart has also been complaining about the uncertainty EU migrants face because of the victory of the campaign she helped lead!

The Resolution foundation has produced a report on the impact on wages of Brexit. Personally I feel until such time as we see some more hard data on this, and some clarity about what Brexit actually means from the UK government, I think it premature to be speculating too much. Having said that it is clear that there is a lot of debate to be had and the report has been covered across the UK and Europe. The full report is available here, or coverage in Le Monde (in French) here.

Cities are looking to see what they can gain from Brexit. For example, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research has been analysing which financial centre still in the EU will gain the most if London looses out.

The European Parliament has produced a handy summary of how the debates on Brexit have gone so far.

The British Council has commissioned a series of essays on the future of the UK’s cultural relationship with Europe. I spoke about this and Brexit more broadly with a group of artists at a Deveron Arts event during the Festival Fringe. I'm taking every opportunity I can to reach out to hear of how people are experiencing Brexit, in order to help get the best deal I can. The collection covers a lot and contains some thought provoking insights.

Involved in the arts or creative sector? Creative Scotland is running a survey to ascertain what Brexit means for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. If that’s you then here is the link you need.

Finally former Labour MP Eric Joyce has produced an interesting read discussing why he has started to support Scottish Independence in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Yours aye,