Carmichael: fisheries action needed despite election

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today pressed the Government in the House of Commons on its preparations for the December Fisheries Council, due to be held on 16-17 December. The Fisheries Council will take place four days after the planned general election and is likely to include discussions on the catch levels of North Sea Cod.

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Carmichael meets ministers to discuss Shared Rural Network plan

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, met on Wednesday with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Nicky Morgan MP, to discuss the Government’s recently announced Shared Rural Network plan. The £1 billion proposal aims to tackle the problem of low coverage in rural areas using a network of new and existing mobile phone masts, working with network providers. The plan is intended to grow mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2025.

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Carmichael challenges Government U-turn on Irish Sea border

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today challenged the Government to explain plans for customs regulations between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Carmichael asked what steps the Government has taken to ensure that customs regulations are the same in Northern Ireland as in the rest of the UK.

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Carmichael backs election to break gridlock

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has put his support behind an early general election as the only way to end gridlock over Brexit. The House of Commons voted on Tuesday to back an election after assurances were made by the Government that a no-deal Brexit could not be forced before January 31, 2020.

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Carmichael criticises Irish Sea border in Brexit plan

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today raised concerns in the House of Commons about the creation of a border in the Irish Sea under the Government’s new Brexit plan. The new agreement has been criticised by commentators for undermining the links between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

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Shetland representatives issue open letter on Post Office consultation

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, have published their submission to the Post Office consultation on proposed changes to the Lerwick branch. The letter outlines a range of constituent concerns relating to the proposed move to a retail partner site, and calls for a full and open consultation, with guarantees on the future quality of the service.

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Carmichael: voter ID plan will harm democratic rights

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, on Monday pushed back on government plans to introduce compulsory photo ID requirements for voters. The new “election integrity” law announced in the Queen’s Speech has been criticised by a range of organisations concerned that the law could make it harder for marginalised groups to vote.

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Carmichael condemns “fairytale” no-deal Brexit planning report

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has criticised the newly released government report on no-deal Brexit planning. The 155-page document has been shared by the Government as concerns rise that UK negotiations with the EU on a withdrawal agreement have already stalled.

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Carmichael highlights risks to rural communities from US tariffs

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today challenged the Minister of State for the Department for International Trade on plans to protect fragile local industries affected by the US Government’s new tariffs. A range of UK products, including knitwear and single malt whisky, are being targeted with 25 percent tariffs, expected to take effect on 18 October.

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Carmichael demands action on US wool tariffs

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has issued a demand for action by the UK Government, following reports that the US will introduce a range of tariffs on EU goods from 18 October. The 25 percent tariffs will cover wool products from the UK, including clothing.

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