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Scottish Produce Must Be Protected In Future Trade Deals, Paisley’s MSP, Warns

Worrying Precedent As Gove Fails To Uphold Protected Food Names In EU Trade Deals

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam is demanding that the UK government protect Scottish produce by upholding the Protected Food Name scheme in all future trade deals.

 

This comes in response to the UK Government’s omission of Scottish products from the EU-Canada trade deal (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements (CETA) and of key Scottish Protected Food Names in EU trade deals with Japan and Mexico.

 

SNP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing has written to Michael Gove to seek assurances around the protection of UK food names in EU trade deals, without which our producers could be commercially disadvantaged. Fergus Ewing previously wrote to Gove’s predecessor, Andrew Leadsom, on the same issue but never received a response.

 Commenting, George said:

 

“The Tories have repeatedly failed to stand up for Scotland’s interests throughout this whole Brexit process.

“The EU Protected Food Name scheme has safeguarded high quality Scottish products such as Scottish salmon and Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop cheese from cheap knock-offs, but Michael Gove seems all too willing to take this protection away from Scottish producers and open the floodgates to cheaper products appearing on our supermarket shelves from overseas.

“We cannot gamble with Scotland’s £14 billion food and drink sector, where provenance of product is paramount, and allow cheaper imitations to undercut our first class, wholesome produce.

“The UK government must meaningfully engage with the devolved governments to ensure that their interests are protected. We cannot let Westminster’s Brexit shambles leave Scottish producers high and dry in the global trading marketplace.”

 

New Poll: First Minister Highest Approval Of Any Leader

Davidson In Negative Figures & Far Less Popular Than Germany’s Angela Merkel

The First Minister is the only domestic politician with a positive approval rating in Scotland, according to a new poll by Lord Ashcroft.

The Scottish sample of 906 found that 53% of Scots viewed Nicola Sturgeon’s performance above the rating of 50 out of 100, giving the SNP leader an +11% net approval rating.

In contrast 54% placed Ruth Davidson below 50 out of 100 with 58% having a similar view of Theresa May’s performance. Germany”s Chancellor Angela Merkel also proved more popular with better results than any UK Tory as well as having positive ratings.

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:BtEmnHCIYAA_Ifo

“This is an encouraging poll, that once again shows that people trust the strong leadership of Nicola Sturgeon – while all of the most senior Tories remain deeply unpopular in Scotland.

“Embarrassingly they also find themselves trailing behind a politician that isn’t even from the UK.

“People are now seeing the real Ruth Davidson who has completely sold out over our single market membership, despite saying it was her ‘overriding priority’. It’s no surprise that an outright majority of people in Scotland disapprove of born-again Brexiteer Ruth Davidson’s job performance – and the news is no better for senior Westminster Tories who are overwhelmingly viewed negatively.

“By unilaterally deciding to tear Scotland out of the single market, the Tories have put their own narrow party political interests ahead of the interests of the country.

“It’s vital that the people of Scotland are given a choice between a damaging hard Brexit and becoming an independent country. Something the Tories would deny them as the act like they can treat Scotland as they wish and get away with it.”

Results Were As Follows: –
On a scale from 0 to 100, how do you rate the performance of the following politicians, where zero means ‘terrible’ and 100 means ‘excellent’? If you have not heard of them or have no opinion, please say so. [Results for Scotland]

 

 

Above

50/100

Below

50/100

Not heard of /

no opinion

RATIO:

Below-Above

Nicola Sturgeon

53%

42% 4%

+11%

Angela Merkel

45%

38% 17%

+7%

Ruth Davidson

33%

54% 13%

-21%

Theresa May

35%

58% 6%

-23%

David Davis

14%

51% 34%

-37%

Kezia Dugdale

20%

61% 18%

-41%

Tim Farron

12%

54% 33%

-42%

Philip Hammond

17%

61% 22%

-44%

Jeremy Corbyn

20%

71% 8%

-51%

Boris Johnson

20%

72% 9%

-52%

Paul Nuttall

7%

63% 31%

-56%

Donald Trump

15%

80% 6%

-65%

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.” 

 

Scotland Must Choose Its Own Future If All Attempts To Compromise Rejected

Yesterday The Prime Minister made it clear the UK is heading for an economically disastrous hard Brexit.

Nearly seven months since the referendum – the Scottish Government is still the only administration to publish a detailed plan on how to deal with Brexit and the economic, social, democratic and cultural risks associated with it.

Scotland voted overwhelming to remain in the EU and the Scottish Government is doing all it can to make sure the Tories cannot ignore and act against Scotland’s interests.

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Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, said:

 

“Theresa May today confirmed that she plans to take the UK towards an economically dangerous hard Brexit. The Prime Minister has chosen to pander to the obsessions of the hard-right of her Tory party, rather than act in the best interests of the country.

 

“Today’s speech made it clear she’s looking at  replacing our membership of the single market with a low wage, de-regulated economy that would see a race to the bottom – leaving everyone worse off as a result.

 

“If the Tories get away with dragging Scotland out of the EU and the Single Market they’ll think they can get away with anything.

 

“The Scottish Government has published compromise proposals that will keep Scotland in the Single Market and the Tories at Westminster must now show they are taking these plans seriously.

 

“The  Tory government must not be able to take Scotland out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a better future.”

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.”

George Speaks to EU Nationals in Paisley: You’re Welcome Here

Paisleys MSP has told EU nationals in Paisley that “you remain welcome here” after Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union.

Renfrewshire voted to Remain in the EU by 64.8% – alongside every other local authority area in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that it would be a “democratic outrage” for Scotland to now be dragged out of the EU against its will.

The Scottish Government is now exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues, Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

George with his Renfrewshire Colleagues,
Derek MacKay MSP, Gavin Newlands MP and Tom Arthur MSP

Commenting, George said:

“Paisley, like the rest of Scotland, voted to remain within the EU – a vote to protect our place in the world’s biggest single market and the jobs and investment that depend on it.

“It’s significant that the result in Scotland came after a campaign that was positive about the EU and the benefits of freedom of movement.

“As your MSP, I want to tell the citizens of other EU countries living in Paisley that you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.

“The many EU citizens studying or working at Paisley University should also be reassured that the Scottish Government is doing everything possible to protect our membership of the EU.

“It’s deeply disappointing that the result in Scotland was not echoed across the whole of the UK – but Scotland has spoken decisively and we will make that voice heard.”

 

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George Welcomes “Bold Agenda” For Scotland

George town hall landscapePaisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed a series of policy announcements made by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP Spring Conference in Glasgow.

The First Minister confirmed that a re-elected SNP government will:
• Increase Maternity Grants for the birth of a first child; reintroduce payments for subsequent children; and introduce payments for children beginning nursery and starting school.
• Extend free school meals to all 2, 3 and 4 year olds in our nurseries.
• Invest an extra £750 million over the next Parliament, partly paid for by making the Council Tax fairer, to tackle raise the attainment of the most disadvantaged young people.
Protect NHS funding in every year of the next Parliament and invest an additional £50 million in cancer treatment.
• Extend superfast broadband to every community in Scotland.

Commenting, George said:

“At the SNP Conference last weekend the First Minister set out a number of policies that I will be proud to take to people in Paisley in the Scottish Parliament election in May.

“The SNP already has record to be proud of: crime is at a 41 year low; Council Tax bills have been frozen for nine years; more school leavers are in work, education or training than ever before; the health budget has reached a record £13 billion; and we have full mitigated the Bedroom Tax.

“In Paisley, the Scottish Government has provided millions for the refurbishment of the Russell Institute, the old Arrnott’s building, electrification of the Paisley Canal line and to build a new school at St Fergus’ Primary to name but a few projects.

“The bold agenda set out by the First Minister will build on this record of achievement – to deliver a fairer, more prosperous and confident country.

“It is clear that the only way to secure this progressive vision for Scotland is to vote both votes SNP and re-elect a strong SNP government led by Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister.”

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.