Scotland in Europe Update April 14th 2017

After the Brexit drama of the last few weeks things have settled to the ‘grind slow but grind small’ granular approach Brussels is so good at, and the negotiating teams and mandates are being worked upon in earnest now.  For my part after a weekend being interviewed by the French media in Paris it was good to be back in Brussels getting on with the job.

There is a genuine sense of good will towards Scotland across the Parliament. I must give my thanks to my colleague German Green MEP Terry Reintke who organised a letter to the presiding officer of the Scottish parliament from fifty European politicians who would welcome an independent Scotland to EU.

This response is a recognition of the remain vote of Scotland’s people and the genuine efforts made by the Scottish government to find a compromise on their behalf.

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Yours aye,


The letter was also covered in the European Press.

Supermarkets are putting up their prices due to Brexit. Do we all remember the leave promise about prices falling after Brexit?

EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier has warned the German media about potential disruption to air traffic including the delivery of fresh food in the event of a hard Brexit.

The British Hospitality Association (BHA), British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA), The City of London Corporation, EEF - The Manufacturers' Organisation and the Russell Group representing universities were among the industry organisations who have expressed concern about Brexit to the House of Lords economic affairs committee.

Banks must move to the Eurozone because establishing an “empty shell” company would not be acceptable according to the European Central Bank guidelines just issued.

Due to the German election, it could be the end of the year before serious negotiations start. 

UK citizens are asking more legal advice than citizens from any other member state according to the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) due to the uncertainties of Brexit.

There will be an “absolute catastrophe” unless the UK secures a “frictionless and seamless” border with the EU at Dover according to the UK Chamber of Shipping.

There is an interesting account of how the UK Government became so fixated with the European Court of Justice by David Allen Green in the FT.

Finally, new figures confirm that the European Union and its Member States have consolidated their place as the world's leading aid donor in 2016.