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Scottish Parliament Backs Giving Scotland Choice Over Future

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Says Tories Must Respect Holyrood’s Decision

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has said that the will of Scotland’s parliament must be respected by the UK government – after MSPs backed the Scottish Government’s plans to hold a referendum on independence after the terms of Brexit have become clear, but before it is too late for Scotland to choose a different future.

 

Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU last June, with 64.8% of voters in Renfrewshire voting to Remain. Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament pledged its support to giving the people of Scotland the right to choose between either a damaging Tory hard Brexit or Scottish independence.

 

Commenting, George said:

George Adam MSP

                      George Adam MSP

 

“The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of holding an independence referendum, once the terms of Brexit are clear, to give people in Scotland a choice over their future. It is would be undemocratic, indefensible and completely unsustainable for the Tory government at Westminster to ignore the will of the Parliament and block a referendum.

 

“The Scottish Government has a cast-iron democratic mandate to bring forward a referendum on independence, giving the people of Scotland the right to choose a different future from the hard Brexit that the Tories are intent on delivering. The First Minister has set out a clear, fair timescale for a future vote – and it is up to the UK government to engage with the Scottish Government over this timing.

 

“The lack of respect afforded by the UK government to the Scottish Government’s compromise proposals sets a worrying precedent – and triggering Article 50 before securing the promised a UK-wide agreement proves that the Tory government has no interest in working with the other administrations across the UK.

 

“The Tories must not ride roughshod over the will of Scotland’s Parliament and drag Scotland out of the European single market against our will. To do so would be completely ignoring Scotland’s overwhelming vote to remain as part of the EU.

 

“The Scottish Government is committed to standing up for Scotland’s interests and giving the people of Scotland a choice on this country’s future. Anything else would be simply undemocratic, and the Tories will rue the day that they stood in the way of giving the people a choice over their future.”

 

Breakdown of EU Referendum vote for Renfrewshire:
 Remain: 57,119 (64.8%)
Leave: 31,010 (35.2%)

George and Nicola outside Paisley Abbey

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Says Scotland Must Have Choice Over Future

BySaElpIUAAx-qtHard Brexit Means Option Of Independence Must Be Offered

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has said that it is absolutely correct and appropriate for the people of Scotland to be offered a choice, once the options become clear, between a Tory hard Brexit and becoming an independent country, after the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed plans to seek parliamentary approval to begin discussions with the UK government to bring forward an independence vote.

 

Ahead of the UK government’s triggering of Article 50 and the beginning of the process of leaving the EU, the First Minister said that the Westminster government has been guilty of complete intransigence in the face of Scottish Government attempts to find a compromise – and has continually acted against the best interests of Scotland, not least by ruling out membership of the single market without consulting the Scottish Government.
 

George Serious Paisley Town HallGeorge Adam, has said that it has become clear that the UK government has no intention of respecting Scotland’s 62% vote to remain in the EU and Renfrewshire’s 64% vote to remain in the EU.

Commenting, George Adam, said:

 

“Throughout the entire Brexit process to date, the Scottish Government has been consistent in its pursuit of a compromise with the UK government, putting forward substantial proposals for Scotland to remain in the single market – yet the UK government has rejected these and is pursuing an ever harder line.

 

“It is within this context, with the UK government intent on pursuing a damaging hard Brexit and set to trigger Article 50 without communicating with the devolved governments, that it has become ever clearer that the people of Scotland must be offered a choice over our future.

 

deputy-first-minister2 (1)“The SNP will always stand up for Scotland’s interests and we are intent on protecting Scotland’s place in the single market. The people of Scotland deserve to choose,  once the terms of Brexit are clear and before it is too late to decide our own path, honouring the manifesto pledge that we were elected on last year.


“Scotland now stands at a crossroads, and we cannot drift along for two years hoping for the best.  We face the real prospect of right-wing Tory governments until at least 2030 and being dragged out of the EU and Single Market with all the damage to our economy and society that will cause.” 

 

Paisley’s MSP Backs SNP Stimulus In Brexit Aftermath

George Adam has backed the Scottish Government’s commitment to stimulate the economy with new infrastructure funding in the wake of the EU referendum.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced an additional £100m of funding in this financial year to speed up the delivery of health and other infrastructure projects – as well as the establishment of a new service to provide information and support to businesses affected by the EU referendum.

 

Projects will be assessed for accelerated funding against a range of criteria including how quickly work can start, the number of jobs that will be supported or created, the likely impact on the supply chain and geographic spread.deputy-first-minister2 (1)

 

George has called on the UK Government to urgently announce its own economic stimulus package, which would enable the Scottish Government to do even more to accelerate capital spending to support communities in Paisley and across Scotland.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“Nicola Sturgeon has been clear that the Scottish Government will pursue all possible options to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU.

 

“But in the meantime we must do all we can to ensure that our economy doesn’t suffer, hitting jobs and investment in Paisley and across the country.

 

“It’s up to the UK Government to match the Scottish Government’s ambition and begin fixing this mess of their own making. Theresa May must take meaningful action to alleviate uncertainty and announce a UK wide stimulus, allowing the Scottish Government to do even more to secure jobs in Paisley and beyond.”

MSP Votes To Back Scotland’s Place In Europe

Paisley’s Decision To Remain Must Be Respected

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

Tom Arthur MSP, Derek MacKay MSP, George Adam MSP & Gavin Newlands MP

 

Paisley’s MSP has joined with colleagues from across the Scottish Parliament in uniting behind the First Minister’s efforts to keep Scotland in the European Union – voting to give the Scottish Government a mandate to commence discussions with EU institutions and members states.

 

At Decision Time on Tuesday, MSPs voted overwhelmingly by 92 votes to 0 in favour of a Scottish Government motion in favour of exploring options to protect Scotland’s EU membership – with only the Scottish Tories withholding support.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“Last week, the people of Paisley made their voice heard in no uncertain terms – and I was proud to join MSPs across the parties to cast my vote in the Scottish Parliament to make clear that their decision should be respected.

 

“That Ruth Davidson and the Tories could not find it within themselves to back this common-sense position in unison with the rest of the Parliament shows just how far they are willing to go to defend their colleagues in the UK Government – throwing Scotland under the bus in the process.

 

“Over the last few days, Nicola Sturgeon is the only politician in the UK who has shown any leadership whatsoever – and it is entirely right that MSPs have given her this overwhelming mandate to make Scotland’s case directly to EU institutions and member states.

 

Our national Parliament spoke with a strong and united voice – making absolutely clear that Paisley’s vote must be respected and Scotland’s place in Europe must be protected.

 

“In doing so, the First Minister has made clear that no option is off the table – and the SNP in government will do everything we can to ensure that Scotland maintains its place in the European family of nations, rather than being dragged out against our will by a right-wing Tory party which now finds itself in complete disarray.”

SNP Retain Huge Poll Lead

Another poll showing the SNP’s strong lead over the opposition parties has been welcomed by Paisley’s MSP George Adam. The poll highlighted that people in Scotland are continuing to back our place in Europe while ‘comprehensively rejecting’ Labour’s planned tax hike on working people.

The poll by Ipsos-Mori for STV shows SNP support on the constituency ballot up by three points to 53 per cent – a total of 33 points ahead of Labour, who are locked in a battle for second place with the Tories. On the regional list, SNP support stands at 49 per cent – compared to 19 per cent for Labour and 15 per cent for the Tories.

Nicola Sturgeon remains by far the most popular politician in Scotland – with net approval ratings of +39, compared to -38 for David Cameron and -13 for Jeremy Corbyn.

The poll also shows that Labour’s planned tax hike on working people is being soundly rejected by people in Scotland – with 64 per cent of people against the plans, compared to only 30 per cent in favour.

On the EU referendum, today’s poll finds that 62 per cent of people in Scotland will support retaining our place in Europe, compared to only 26 per cent who would back leaving.

Ipsos Mori also found that if Scotland was dragged out of Europe against our will, 54 per cent would favour independence, compared to only 39 per cent who would be opposed – giving a result of 58 per cent backing independence once Don’t Knows are discounted. The poll also finds support for independence currently stands at 52 per cent, when Don’t Knows are removed.george and nicola

Commenting, George said:

“This is another very welcome poll showing people in Scotland are continuing to back the SNP’s record in government and our positive, ambitious vision for Scotland’s future – in contrast to a chaotic Labour Party which isn’t even regarded as a credible party of opposition, never mind a credible party of government.

“Locally, we have seen the SNP Scottish Government provide funding to refurbish the Russell Institute and to build a new St Fergus Primary in Ferguslie while funding housing on Lawn Street, Shortroods, Thrushcraigs and Barrhead Road. Over the past 5 years we have also seen the electrification of the Canal Street Line and a massive investment in Paisley Gilmour Street, Scotland’s 4th busiest train station. On top of this, the Scottish Government has match funded the UK Government to provide the City Deal which will bring £1bn of investment to Paisley and the surrounding areas.

“We could talk about the woes of the Labour party, but I prefer to put forward a positive case to re-elect a strong SNP Scottish Government. The SNP has a positive vision for Scotland and a strong record in government to stand on as we approach the election – with crime at a 41 year low, NHS budget and staffing at a record high, the target of 30,000 affordable homes exceeded, and pay rises for thousands of public sector workers about to be delivered.

“But of course, we do not take even a single vote for granted – and over the next three months we will be working harder than ever to maintain the trust of people in Scotland and secure the re-election of Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister and an SNP Government with a track record of delivering for Scotland.”

On the poll’s findings on the EU referendum, George added:

“It’s clear that the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland want to play a positive, constructive role alongside our friends and allies in Europe – and if we find ourselves dragged out of Europe against our will by the reckless actions of this Tory government, people in Scotland will very quickly come to the conclusion that Westminster is simply incapable of representing Scotland’s interests.”

Details of the poll can be found by clicking here.