Imagine a Scotland with a place of its own at the international table. Alyn Smith certainly can. A Scottish member of the European Parliament since 2004, his impassioned plea to colleagues not to ignore Scotland post Brexit referendum made headlines across the Continent.
Alyn visited the Newsnet studio to share his view of the post-Brexit situation for Scotland in Europe. He believes that the Brexit vote is already doing the UK repetitional damage across the Continent, and he fears the situation will become worse in future. He blames the Tory right and its supporters in the media for the “appalling” British stereotypes of the EU and people of various nationalities. He also traces the current anti-immigrant sentiment to former Premier Gordon Brown’s controversial “British jobs for British workers” campaign pre 2010.
He also discussed his bid to become SNP deputy leader with podcast host Derek Bateman, setting out his case for the job. Alyn is standing against three other candidates, Angus Robertson MP, Tommy Shepherd MSP and Cllr Chris McEleny.
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