Brexit expert addresses Greenock community concerns

A Brexit expert has spoken on the likely scenarios facing the community following the country’s withdrawal from the European Union next year. Member of Scottish Parliament, Stuart McMillan hosted Professor Alex de Ruyter from the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, at a talk last night to discuss the Brexit concerns of businesses […]

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Local politicians denounce Westminster Brexit power grab

Inverclyde’s SNP politicians have further criticised the UK Government’s attempts to ban the Scottish Parliament from legislating on some reserved areas, and for trying to claw back some of these powers. Stuart McMillan MSP and Ronnie Cowan MP expressed their dismay over the EU Withdrawal Bill which they believe undermines the current Devolution settlement. As […]

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Tory Assault on Devolution Threatens Inverclyde’s Food Industry

Local SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has warned that the Tory Government’s assault on devolution poses a significant threat to Inverclyde’s growing food sector. The amendments published last week to Westminster’s EU Withdrawal Bill could prevent the Scottish Parliament from legislating to protect farming, food standards, plant health and the environment for up to seven years, […]

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McMillan encourages shoppers to keep it local

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan is encouraging consumers in Inverclyde to shop locally and support the 1,710 small businesses in the local economy. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting businesses in Scotland, including retailers, providing the most competitive package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK in the 2018/19 budget. This includes the Small […]

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Inverclyde taxpayers protected under SNP budget proposals

Stuart McMillan MSP has emphasised that the proposed Scottish Government budget for 2018-19 will give Scots the best deal in the UK, and will result in almost 80% of taxpayers in Inverclyde paying less in the upcoming financial year. The Scottish Government budget will also ensure a pay rise for public sector workers and lower […]

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McMillan and Sturgeon Slam UK Government over Brexit

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan today asked the First Minister what assurances the Scottish Government had received regarding the transfer of powers to Scotland following Brexit. After a summer of slow progress over Brexit, leaked documents and poor engagement with devolved governments, Mr McMillan was keen to receive an update before meeting the EU’s […]

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Scotland Needs Power to Grow Population

As the Tories press ahead with their hard Brexit retreat from the single market, Scotland’s distinct demographic trends require powers over immigration to support public services and the economy. The Scottish Government predicts that 90% of the population increase in Scotland over the next decade will come from net migration, both from international migration and […]

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Implications of Leaving the EU Highlighted in Debate

“The politics of the past is no longer is acceptable to the electorate in Scotland” said Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan as he spoke in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament today. Speaking during a parliamentary debate on the implications of leaving the EU, Mr McMillan highlighted the report of the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, […]

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Brexit Threat to Pensions

The SNP has raised concerns after a UK Government pensions advisor warned that Brexit poses a direct threat to the state pension by posing further questions about the retirement age, raising the prospect of people across the UK having to work even longer than currently proposed. John Cridland, former director of the CBI, is reviewing […]

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Historic Vote Means UK Government Must Respect Scotland’s Wishes

The Scottish Parliament has formally opposed the UK government starting the Brexit process – and Stuart McMillan MSP has stated that the UK Government must now demonstrate that Scotland’s voice is being listened to. On Tuesday, MSPs voted on a Scottish Government motion arguing that the UK Government’s European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill currently making […]

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Tory ‘Foreigner Levy’ Sign Britain Headed For Hard Brexit

Proposals for a £1000-a-year levy on firms hiring EU workers is yet another sign the Tories are determined to pursue a hard Brexit. Home Office minister Robert Goodwill told peers that the government is considering charging firms £1000-a-year for every EU national employed – only possible if the UK leaves the single market. The comments […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP Backs Plan to Keep Scotland in Single Market

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has backed the Scottish Government’s proposals to keep Scotland in the European Single Market and stop the “national disaster” of a hard Brexit. The paper – “Scotland’s Place in Europe” – was published today (Tuesday) and outlined the SNP’s determination for Scotland to remain in the European single market. […]

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Mundell Faces Brexit Committee Recall

TORY TOLD TO COME BACK TO HOLYROOD TO EXPLAIN NEW POWERS PLEDGE Scottish Secretary David Mundell should return to Holyrood to explain his promise for new powers, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has said. Mr Mundell appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Europe committee in October where he said that he “could not envisage that there would […]

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MSP Highlights Importance of Human Rights

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has shown his support for Human Rights in the third sector at a session in the Scottish Parliament. The #RightApproach campaign, undertaken by Scottish Council of Voluntary Associations (SCVO) is raising awareness of human rights that are shared by all in Scotland. According to the campaign, taking the #RightApproach can empower […]

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MSP Highlights Importance of EU to Scottish Education

Continued membership of networks such as Erasmus, and agreements such as Freedom of Movement and the Single Market access are crucial to the development and well-being of Inverclyde, according to Stuart McMillan MSP. Speaking in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament yesterday on the importance of the EU to education in Scotland, the Greenock and […]

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Tories’ Deflection Won’t Hide Brexit Shambles

The “desperate” attempt by the Tories to push responsibility for Brexit onto the SNP won’t hide the shambles engulfing the UK Government, said Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan. Ahead of a parliamentary debate on Scotland’s economy following Brexit, Murdo Fraser said that the SNP “must explain how it will make Brexit work”. Speaking ahead […]

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