In 70 days the Article 50 negotiation period will expire and unless something changes, the UK will leave the European Union, with or without a deal. What happens in the next seventy days is anyone’s guess but it is sure to be the greatest crisis of the British state in modern history.
Chaos reigns supreme at Westminster. In the largest ever defeat of a British government, the Tory deal negotiated over the last two years has been blown off the table.
Scottish Ministers today (10 Jan) agreed to a Green MSP's call to look into the threat of increased people-trafficking as a result of the UK Government's proposed post-Brexit immigration system.
The current system for ‘third country’ or non-EEA nationals, defined by the Conservatives’ ‘hostile environment’ policies, has been found to make tackling human trafficking harder and is regularly exploited by traffickers. With the extension of this system to cover some 450 million European nationals, expectations are that the number of human trafficking victims in the UK could increase.
Scottish Greens international relations spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (2 Jan) called on the Scottish Government to end its financial support of arms dealers supplying the Brazilian government, following yesterday’s inauguration of the openly fascist Jair Bolsonaro as Brazilian president.
Scottish Greens Europe spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (18 Dec) challenged the Scottish Government over its failure to show the public its plans for public healthcare, the water supply and other essential services in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
Questioning Constitutional Relations Secretary Mike Russell in Parliament, Mr Greer pressed for contingency plans to be put into the public domain and the Cabinet Secretary replied that he would "get officials to look into this".
Green MSP Ross Greer has challenged Education Secretary John Swinney to justify his Government’s long-running subsidy of around £1.2 million to the fee-paying St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, at a time when many councils are axing free music tuition in schools due to budget cuts passed down by the Scottish Government.
Scottish Green MSPs today (4 Dec) welcomed the opinion of the EU Court of Justice Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona, who says that the Article 50 process triggering Brexit can be cancelled by the UK without needing permission from other EU member states.
The case was brought by Scottish Green MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer, along with politicians from the SNP and Labour.
Following today's evidence session with government statisticians at Holyrood's Education committee, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer has blasted changes to the data published on school staff.
Mr Greer says the merging and dropping of categories is a ‘smokescreen obscuring the very real staffing crisis affecting young people with additional support needs.’
Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (14 Nov) stepped up his call for action from government after the country's biggest teaching union raised the prospect that music teachers could soon disappear from schools for good.
At today's meeting of Holyrood's Education Committee, Mr Greer highlighted that local councils facing funding pressures are cutting staff, as well as charging for tuition, pricing many children out of learning an instrument.
Today (8 November) the Scottish Greens, the first party to back the TIE campaign for LGBTI inclusive education in Scotland, welcomed the Government’s announcement that it would accept in full the recommendations of the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group’s report.
Ross Greer MSP, Scottish Green Spokesperson for Education, said:
A Green MSP is demanding government action to stop musical instrument tuition becoming an exclusive activity after Holyrood’s education committee heard from a young person how skyrocketing charges are creating ‘Victorian’ levels of inequality in music.
Linlithgow Academy pupil and MSYP Alice Ferguson explained how her school band had lost members because pupils now have to pay £382 a year, Alice said, “It is only the privileged that are getting to do music now - it’s like Victorian times, where only the elite get these opportunities. This increases inequality”.