EU citizens urged to stay in Inverclyde

MSP: “YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN WELCOME IN SCOTLAND” SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has made an impassioned plea to EU citizens living in Greenock and Inverclyde to stay in Scotland amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty. This week the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland remains their home – promising to continue […]

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Unemployment falls as Scottish economy outstrips UK

BREXIT STILL THE BIGGEST THREAT TO SCOTLAND’S ECONOMY Unemployment has fallen to a record-low in Scotland, as latest figures show Scottish economic growth outperforming the rest of the UK. Levels of unemployment have reached a new low of 3.4% in Scotland, outperforming the rest of the UK – with UK unemployment at 3.9%. The welcome […]

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No-Deal Brexit will have dramatic impact on Inverclyde

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT WARNS OF 7% FALL IN GDP The Scottish Government has warned that a no-deal Brexit would hammer Scotland’s economy, with national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) predicted to fall by up to 7%. The Chief Economic Advisor to Scotland reports that a no-deal Brexit has the potential to push the Scottish economy into recession, […]

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Tories policies have broken Britain, not the EU, says McMillan

Yesterday the Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly rejected Theresa May’s false choice of a bad Brexit or No Deal. The joint motion agreed by the SNP, Labour, Greens and the Lib Dems stated that a better alternative must be found – leaving the Tories isolated in their support for Theresa May’s discredited proposals. During the Scottish Government […]

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Remaining in Single Market and Customs Union Crucial for Inverclyde to thrive, says McMillan

Today, Stuart McMillan MSP asked the Scottish Government what engagement it has undertaken with port authorities regarding the implications of Brexit. The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP directed the question at the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell MSP, who said that he along with other Ministerial colleagues has visited a number […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP welcomes 2018 Programme for Government

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has applauded the Scottish Government’s 2018 Programme for Government which was set out by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today. Commenting, Mr McMillan said: “This Programme for Government sets out an ambitious plan that will deliver for people, communities and businesses now and make the investments that will benefit future […]

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MSP Warns Tory Government Not To Abandon Erasmus+

The SNP’s Stuart McMillan has warned that Erasmus+ is yet another example of the “massive benefits of the European Union that we stand to lose because of a Tory hard Brexit”, ahead of a Holyrood debate on the scheme’s value to Scotland today. The Erasmus+ scheme was worth nearly €21m to Scotland in 2017. This […]

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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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Scotland hits 95% broadband target

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has hailed the news that the SNP Scottish Government has already exceeded its Programme for Government pledge to deliver fibre broadband to more than 95% of premises in Scotland as a “landmark achievement.” The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme is being delivered through two projects – the first covering the […]

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MSP Welcomes Further consideration of EU state aid law

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has welcome the news that the policy review, which is analysing future procurement of Scottish Government ferry contracts, will be extended to further consider the full impact of EU state aid rules. The additional work will focus on whether the direct award of a contract would comply with the […]

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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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EU Trade a Priority for Majority of Small Businesses

63% of smaller businesses in the UK prioritise trading in EU markets while one in five small exporters trade exclusively with the EU, according to new research by the Federation of Small Businesses. More than a quarter of Scottish businesses currently exporting say the introduction of tariffs of any nature would deter them from trading […]

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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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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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European money to help grow Scottish SMEs

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has welcomed the news that small and medium sized enterprises will receive European Regional Development Fund investment worth £40 million to help transform their innovative ideas into economic success stories. The funding, which will be allocated through the Scottish Government’s new SME Holding Fund, will give companies access to […]

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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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Single Market Access Vital to Inverclyde

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan outlined his support for maintaining access to the EU Single Market – and said that Inverclyde’s developing tourism sector is dependent on the EU market. Speaking on Tuesday in the debate on Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism following the EU Referendum in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament, Mr […]

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