Scotland & the EU

A must watch – European Parliament gives standing ovation to Scotland

ALYN SMITH MEP making clear Scotland’s desire to continue our membership of the EU receives an unprecedented standing ovation from MEPs.

He said:

“I represent Scotland within this house and where I’m proudly Scottish, I’m also proudly European.

“I want my country to be internationalist, cooperative, ecological, fair, European – and the people of Scotland along with the people of Northern Ireland and the people of London and lots and lots of people in Wales and England also voted to remain within our family of nations. I demand that that status and that esprit européen
be respected.”

The standing ovation was in response to his call not to let Scotland down and it appears they have no intention of doing so.


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Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp is the Founder and Chief Executive of Business for Scotland. Before becoming CEO of Business for Scotland Gordon ran a business strategy and social media, sales & marketing consultancy.

With a degree in business, marketing and economics, Gordon has worked as an economic development planning professional, and in marketing roles specialising in pricing modelling and promotional evaluation for global companies (including P&G).

Gordon benefits (not suffers) from dyslexia, and is a proponent of the emerging New Economics School. Gordon contributes articles to Business for Scotland, The National and Believe in Scotland.


  • Gordon, I’m hoping you can answer this one;

    Is there any mechanism by which the remaining 27 EU member states can vote to eject the UK from the EU? I pose the question because I’m wondering what would happen if Westminster keeps on stalling on invoking Article 50, with all the knock-on financial instability that entails. Would the EU get so fed up that they decide to take unilateral action, and, if so, what action could they take?

    • Technically the PM has to start negotiations and that triggers article 50 or he / she can write to the EC President and let him know he is enacting the article. If he refuses to do it then although there is no precedent it is generally accepted that the Council could decided that despite a lack of formal notice that the process had started.

  • For anyone who doubts that the media can distort, modifty and bias news reporting with assiduous editing one need only look at the various ways this speech was reported by the BBC. See the Wildness of Peace blog for the unedited live speech and the edited version and also BBC on-line (though the headlines on the latter may change over time).

    The BBC inadvertently showed this speech live when they thought they would be reporting Nigel Farage then apologised that it was a Scottish MEP. I believe Alyn was then erroneously (?) acknowledged on-line as a Green MEP instead of SNP. The video clip was headlined with shades of ‘too wee, too poor, etc’. as his ‘I beg you’ speech, the heading giving little sense of the full report and the wrong impression to anyone who did not read it in full or view the full unedited speech.

    For a national broadcaster purportedly representing all shades of opinion in the UK this is pathetic and clearly shows no consideration for any supporter of Independence and very litle for other Scots.

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