Michael Russell


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We remain unable to recommend the Scottish parliament consent to the EU withdrawal bill as currently drafted and will not be able to do so until the power-grab is removed from the bill.feedback
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Oct 16 2017 Brexit
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Mar 31 2017 - Scottish independence

For the UK government to seek to impose legislative frameworks on these areas would be to take the unprecedented step of extending its powers over Scotland and must not take place. The Scottish parliament's competences must not be diminished as a result of Brexit.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

I do not know Theresa May as well as I know Nicola. But I have no doubt Nicola not only has the shrewdest but also the cleverest mind. And she is good at taking people with her.feedback

Mar 18 2017 - Labour Party

Gordon Brown is lining himself up with the Tories to deny the people of Scotland a choice about their future. This is Brownhog day all over again. Gordon Brown has made this same stale speech numerous times over the years – but it is beyond parody for him to put forward proposals which have already been rejected by both the Labour party and the Tory government.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

That is the right time for the decision to be made. There will be no status quo. There will either be essentially out of the EU with the UK or there will be a future in the EU for Scotland.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Scottish independence

If the people of Scotland say they wish to continue in membership, then clearly it would be incumbent on those negotiating on both sides to say let us do that as quickly as possible. I think those are pretty special circumstances. That creates a clear set of circumstances for us - but also more widely for others in Europe to understand. And I'm sure they would understand. The 27 (EU states) must recognize that there is an issue within the UK which will require to be resolved. So I don't think anybody could turn their eyes away from this issue. That will require sensitive and careful handling.feedback

Mar 04 2017 - Immigration

Most glaring example of 'tunnel vision' in UK today is Tory (Conservative) obsession with immigration which is driving disastrous Brexit process.feedback

Dec 18 2016 - Article 50

Our intention now is that these proposals can be discussed and agreed in a UK context and then form part of the UK government's overall negotiating position when Article 50 is triggered.feedback

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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