Scotland in Europe Update: 17th May 2019

So here we are, Theresa May’s deal will apparently face one last vote without any chance of success, and then she will stepdown (or so she says). Frankly, the odds of the deal passing seem vanishingly small, and either way the Tories are now looking at who will succeed her when (and if) she goes.

It is worth remembering that Scotland did not vote for this. The Scottish Parliament has never given consent for Brexit. Scotland voted to Remain. Scotland has certainly never given its consent for a Brexit driven by Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.

As I have said before, revoking article 50 is the only way to avoid a disastrous no deal and because of the case that I, Jolyon Maugham QC and other Scottish politicians brought, we know we can revoke article 50. In the coming months, that matters more than ever.

Meanwhile, as the ongoing soap opera unfolds in Westminster, the EU27 met in Sibiu without the UK to discuss the future of Europe. It is a tragedy that Scotland was not represented. There is so much we could contribute. After the meeting they released the Sibiu declaration. As Ireland have shown and the declaration states: “We will show each other solidarity in times of need and we will always stand together”. You can read the full declaration here:

Today the SNP launched our European manifesto in Glasgow. It set out the party’s priorities to stop Brexit and to protect Scotland’s interests. It contains detailed policy proposals on climate change, the single market, education, farming and fishing.

At a time when faith in politics is being weakened by parties showing outright contempt for the electorate by refusing to have a manifesto, I am proud to represent a party that is putting forward ideas. Our policies clearly lay out our vision and from this the people of Scotland will be able to make an informed choice. You can read it here:

Yours aye,



The European Parliament Research Service have put together a summary of the outcome of the informal meeting of EU-27 leaders on 9 May 2019 in Sibiu.

Jean-Christophe Lagarde, a French MP, has written a piece emphasising that Europe must fast-track an independent Scotland back into fold.

Another step in the road to the completion of the digital single market was reached. As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT).

Lisa Claire Whitten (Queen’s University Belfast) has written an interesting piece on how Northern Ireland became the centre of many Brexit arguments.

There will be missing environmental governance mechanisms as a result of the UK leaving the EU, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Mistakes by the UK Home Office will result in them losing access to £600,000 of EU funds and has put a further £2.9m at risk, according to the Guardian.

The House of Commons library have put together a handy resource covering all the Brexit related court cases, including the case to prove that article 50 could be revoked which I and other Scottish parliamentarians brought to the European Court of justice.

There could be an update "in weeks" from the police investigations into Leave.EU & Vote Leave.

British Steel has asked for further financial support from the UK government because of "Brexit-related issues".

The BMA have released their election manifesto emphasising that “Brexit will be damaging for the medical profession”.

Open Europe have put together an analysis of the European Parliament elections.

241m Europeans 'may have received Russian-linked disinformation' according to online security firm SafeGuard Cyber.

And finally, the Scottish Government has called for full control of post-Brexit visas in Scotland.