About: Scotland

Brexit 24-03-2017

Scottish minister: We are better off without London

After declaring independence from the UK, Scotland will improve its relationship with England. However, we have to make decisions about key affairs ourselves. Today, Europe is the most important, Alasdair Allan told EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza.
Future EU 17-03-2017

Spanish think tank: Spain needs to anchor itself in EU’s ‘big four’

Spain has to cement itself among the European Union's 'big four' after the United Kingdom's departure from the bloc, the Elcano Royal Institute's lead analyst told EURACTIV's partner EFE.
Brexit 14-03-2017

SNP Brexit minister: There is no such thing as a UK ‘single market’

On the day Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a new referendum on independence, EURACTIV.com quizzed the SNP's Brexit minister in Brussels on whether Scotland could actually rejoin the EU and why pro-independence polls hadn't budged since the Brexit vote in June.
Brexit 19-01-2017

Scottish minister: Scotland faces being Brexit collateral damage

Scotland’s Europe minister has demanded a separate Brexit deal for Scotland, which would separate its immigration system from the rest of the UK, retain freedom of movement and maintain EU single market access. Otherwise, Fiona Hyslop warns Scotland faces suffering collateral damage caused by the British government.
Global Europe 04-11-2016

Ponomaryev: Consensus rules make EU weak against Putin

Consensus voting doesn’t help the EU to stand strong against an ever more assertive Russia, Ilya Ponomaryev, Russian opposition figure and a former member of the State Duma, told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview.
Brexit 13-10-2016

Scottish minister: UK in post-Empire mode needs to find a new identity

Britain’s decision to invoke Article 50 by March 2017 has thrown the country into chaos, said Fiona Hyslop in an interview with EURACTIV. "The UK has lost an empire and has not managed to decide who and what it is yet over the last few decades and needs a new identity."
Euro & Finance 27-07-2016

George Soros: ‘We need an EU that the UK would want to be a part of’

Business magnate George Soros is convinced that the EU needs to reinvent itself. In an interview with EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche, he explained how Europe should deal with Brexit.
Future EU 01-07-2016

Scottish MEP: Pro-EU Brexit speech was made up on the spot

Alyn Smith’s impassioned speech calling on the European Union to not let Remain-voting Scotland down after Brexit was ad-libbed, by an MEP determined not to let the likes of Nigel Farage be the face of the debate. Scotland overwhelmingly voted to Remain in the EU in last week’s referendum.
Brexit 29-06-2016

Rebecca Harms: We will not let Scotland down

The Co-President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, Rebecca Harms, spoke to EURACTIV.com a couple of hours before meeting with Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is currently visiting Brussels, seeking a solution to keep Scotland in the EU.
Brexit 15-09-2015

Smith: ‘A Brexit would reopen the question of Scottish independence’

Alyn Smith warns that a Brexit could lead Scotland to leave the United Kingdom.  According to the MEP, an exit from the EU should only be considered if backed by a majority in all four nations of the UK.
Alcohol
Agrifood 11-09-2014

MEP Willmott: Commission is dragging its feet on alcohol policy

?The European Commission has not given a satisfactory reason for why the review of the Alcohol Strategy wasn't published last year, as promised, says MEP Glenis Willmott. She would like the next version to look into minimum pricing, include more research and health recommendations.