Michael Russell

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The bill as currently drafted is impractical and unworkable. It is a blatant power grab which would take existing competence over a wide range of devolved policy areas, including aspects of things like agriculture and fishing, away from Holyrood, giving them instead to Westminster and Whitehall. That means that unless there are serious and significant changes to the proposed legislation, the strong likelihood is that the Scottish Parliament will vote against the repeal bill.feedback
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Aug 09 2017 Brexit
This page is completely dedicated to what Michael Russell has to say. All of Michael Russell’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Michael Russell came from an article called Scottish ministers press Damian Green for return of powers from EU: “The bill – as it currently stands – means that Westminster would take exclusive control over significant areas of devolved policy, such as support for Scotland's farmers and food producers and many aspects of environmental protection and control of our seas. We know that the UK government has its eye on more than 100 policy areas. That is a direct threat to the devolution settlement which the people of Scotland overwhelmingly voted for in 1997.”.
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Dec 18 2016 - Single market

In line with our commitments to explore all options to protect Scotland's interests, we will set out compromise proposals which, while not conferring the full benefits of EU membership, would mitigate the Brexit damage. At the heart of our plan is a framework to keep Scotland's place in the European Single Market.feedback

Dec 18 2016 - Scottish independence

That would be a national disaster for Scotland. Brexit presents everyone with an unprecedented challenge, and with political goodwill on all sides and a willingness to cooperate, these proposals can effect a solution for Scotland.feedback

Nov 21 2016

We are having good conversations. Sympathy, fascination, support do not necessarily translate into anything. But there are important issues at stake here for the EU upon which I hope there is reflection by all the member states.feedback

Nov 17 2016

It's been frustrating but we are entering into those negotiations with good faith and we presume they are too.feedback

Nov 17 2016

I think everything is doable in those circumstances and that's the message we're getting from the other EU members.feedback

Nov 17 2016 - Scottish independence

But it's not going to be easy, it's not going to be good. Scotland wants to maintain and build on the relationship (with the EU).feedback

Nov 06 2016 - Single market

At the very least, membership of the single market must be paramount in our position.feedback

Oct 29 2016 - Scottish independence

David Mundell (said) there would be no special deal for Scotland - but he has been completely undermined by Theresa May's actions over the Nissan deal. It can't be right for the UK government to conclude backroom deals with some specific companies ... while pursuing a course of action that will cost many thousands of Scottish jobs.feedback

Oct 29 2016

The Nissan deal is a hugely significant concession by the UK government because it shows they are open to the principle of a 'flexible Brexit.feedback

Oct 14 2016

We will bring to the negotiating table, presumably when there is one ... that dose of rationality.feedback

Oct 14 2016

Free movement of people, technically, is reserved (for the national government) but actually it's vitally important for us.feedback

Oct 14 2016 - Scottish independence

You don't need a hard border (between England and Scotland), you just have to make sure that people don't have the same entitlements on one soil and on another.feedback

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