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originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: Dwoodward85
Granted there does not seem to be any sort of viable alternative that's palatable to freedom loving people, but one has to wonder is that by design?
originally posted by: OtherSideOfTheCoin
a reply to: amazing
Ohhhh if only it were so simple.....
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: shooterbrody
A simple second referendum will determine the will of the people now that they know what they are getting themselves into and who will be representing them when they do.
Now that those people are no longer hoodwinked watch the result somewhat swing in the other direction when we do have another referendum, which "May" indeed be on the horizon in the not too distant future.
Dear Paul, Thank you for taking the time to write to me regarding your concerns about the future UK trade policy after Brexit.
As a Westminster MP, I am unable to comment on Scottish Government policy. Your enquiry on Scottish Government policy would be best addressed by your local MSP.
At Westminster, our 2017 General Election manifesto contained a pledge to push the UK Government to give the UK and Scottish Parliaments a say over any trade deals that are negotiated after Brexit.
Parliamentary scrutiny and transparency are vital to ensure that our future trade policy is developed in a way that is consistent with our international development goals. I am deeply concerned about the reports that the UK Ministers are carrying out secret trade talks with countries such as the US, without first seeking consent or input from Parliament in advance. This cannot be serve as a precedent as the UK leaves the EU and the UK Government must be transparent in how they carry out future trade negotiations.
The Conservative party is still stubbornly stating that the UK will be able to strike its own trade deals post 2020, declaring that a trade deal with the US will be able to make up for declining trade with the EU. Wilbur Ross, the US Commerce Secretary, stated that abolishing EU food standards was essential for any UK-USA free trade deal. Further, US exports to the UK are currently 10th out of the top 10 food exporters to the UK.
For the USA to replace the combined food imports from the other nine of the top 10 would require a vast food flotilla and logistics operation – which would need to be ready to start in nine months’ time. If we are to blindly follow the Tories Brexit proposal then Scotland’s and the wider UKs food quantity and quality of the UK’s food supply for suffer. The Tory government is neglecting businesses in the food industry.
They must heed the advice of the SNP and maintain membership of the single market and customs union to ensure that food standards are not traded away in an attempt to make up for the economic loss as a result of Brexit. In addition to this, it has been the UK Government’s policy to join trade partnerships that have investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses (such as TPP).
ISDS clause have the potential to undermine the procurement processes and regulations within public procurement if not restrained properly and fairly, which risks exposing the NHS.
The SNP will never support free trade at the expense of public services, and we must ensure that other standards – such as food standards – are not reduced as a result of Brexit. Please rest assured that my SNP colleagues and I will continue to pursue this important issue in Parliament and will be holding the Tories to account as they bring forward their legislative proposals to set up a post-Brexit trade policy. Best wishes, Stewart McDonald MP for Glasgow South
In the politics and posturing of Brexit some people are hanging off the belief, or trying to create the belief, that the UK will degenerate. The fact is that UK animal welfare standards in agriculture are the highest in the world, and certainly higher than some EU countries whose produce we have to import, so we are already compromised and playing in an unequal market.
originally posted by: sapien82
If hard brexit , the USA wants the UK to switch to their food and hygiene , and GMO and environmental policies to match so they can trade evenly !