Scotland in Europe Update 16th June 2017

The UK Government has decided to begin the negotiations to leave the EU next week:

These negotiations will begin without a plan, in fact, almost without a government since it does not seem likely that a deal with the DUP will be concluded beforehand.

Theresa May and David Davis are simply out of their depth but clearly intend to carry on regardless. This is not sustainable.

As the anniversary of the votes to remain within the EU, in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and leave the EU, in England and Wales, looms, I think we are closer than ever to seeing that the circle cannot be squared and the penny has to drop.

Brexit is not inevitable and we must all continue to work towards the best solution. The best solution is, of course, to remain in the EU which is what the people of Scotland voted for. The compromise positons of the Scottish Government are still on the table, but if they continue to be ignored, the people should have another say at the end of the Brexit process. You can read more of my thoughts in my weekly National column:

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Applications from other EU countries for nursing posts in the UK have dropped by 96% since the EU referendum

Fintan O’Toole wrote a must-read piece on the election result.

Newspapers across Europe concluded that May’s Brexit plans were in ruins.

The UK Government’s pursuit of a hard Brexit would widen the inequality gap faced by disabled people, according to Scottish Government Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman

“Brexit talks start on Monday and we have no idea what we're doing”. Ian Dunt’s column is pretty much spot on.

A soft Brexit will protect jobs, according to HSBC Holdings Plc’s investment bank chief Samir Assaf

French president Emmanuel Macron emphasised to Theresa May that Brexit is reversible.

This was echoed by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

Applications by UK immigrants to become German citizens have increased by 361%.

The National Farmers Union think it is time for “a more collaborative and consensual approach to Brexit.”

More than 50% of the skilled EU workers who work for FTSE 250 firms intend to leave the U.K. due to Brexit, according to a survey by Baker McKenzie.

“Almost a year after the Brexit referendum, British eurosceptics, the Conservative government and much of the opposition Labour Party continue to downplay Brexit’s painful dilemmas – or deny that they exist.” So say Simon Tilford and John Springford of the Centre for European Reform.

And finally, it seems that Brexit is also a threat to the corner sofa.