SNP want to triple down on Brexit trade disruption – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted to a new analysis by the London School of Economics which found that the costs of trade disruption from Brexit to Scotland would be doubled or tripled by independence. The LSE report suggests that per capita income would drop by between 6.3 and 8.7% with independence, with rejoining the EU making only a small dent in the loss due to the far larger trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK. The report does not take into account other disruptions including currency or the fiscal costs of independence.

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Trade mitigations must be developed before end of NI grace period – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, has today called for the Government to take the long term impact of trading changes seriously and find mitigations for disruption urgently. Speaking during an urgent debate in Parliament, Mr Carmichael also highlighted a spate of attacks on constituency offices in Northern Ireland overnight.

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Lives lost due to slow Government action on borders – Carmichael

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael, has spoken out in a debate on Covid border measures, highlighting the Government’s slow action on border restrictions during the pandemic. Media reports suggest that ministers were advised to tighter border restrictions several weeks ago by the scientific advisory group SAGE, but ignored the advice.

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Carmichael demands answers on “catastrophic” shellfish export ban

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today condemned reports that live shellfish exports to the EU would continue to be banned “indefinitely”, despite assertions by the Fisheries Minister and other government officials that the ban would last only until 21st April. Mr Carmichael has written to the Fisheries Minister requesting an urgent plan of action to negotiate an end to the ban, which risks severely harming scallop producers in both Orkney and Shetland.

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Post-pandemic rebuilding must include greater educational opportunity – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has made a call for a “rebuilding” of education systems in the UK following the pandemic, to address the difficulties of connectivity and digital access in different parts of the country and give better opportunities to future generations. Speaking during a parliamentary debate on the UN International Day for Education, Mr Carmichael highlighted the benefits of supporting education internationally, and programmes like the Global Classroom Partnership participated in by Anderson High School in Shetland.

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Carmichael speaks in Holocaust Memorial Day debate

The human cost of the Holocaust must be a reminder of our duty to prevent further genocides, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has said. Speaking in Parliament during the Holocaust Memorial Day debate this week, Mr Carmichael spoke of his memories visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp and praised the efforts of the British Jewish community to draw attention to the growing evidence of genocide in Xinjiang.

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PM scared to face Scottish fishermen – Carmichael

The Prime Minister is “scared to face” Scottish fishermen, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael said today. Reacting to suggestions from Boris Johnson that fishermen were to blame for not being ready for trading changes and that a taskforce would be set up to support the industry, Mr Carmichael ridiculed the idea that the Prime Minister would set up a task force if all the future held was “great opportunities”.

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Compassion for bereaved must be part of new quarantine rules – Carmichael

New international quarantine rules must take into account compassion for people travelling due to bereavement, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael MP has said. Mr Carmichael spoke in Parliament following the announcement of new measures to enforce quarantine for international travellers and highlighted the potential need for financial assistance for bereaved travellers.

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Carmichael chairs event with Ai Weiwei on democracy in Hong Kong

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has chaired a cross party webinar with pro-democracy activist and artist Ai Weiwei. Following the release of his documentary, Cockroach, Mr Carmichael spoke to him about the future of democracy in Hong Kong, and Britain’s role in defending the human rights of Hongkongers.

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Great regret that Government will postpone Environment Bill again – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today (26th January) criticised the Government for postponing the Environment Bill by at least six months. The Government had previously declared the legislation as “landmark” and “vital” if the UK is to “maintain and improve our environmental protections as we leave the EU.” Mr Carmichael joined with his Liberal Democrat colleagues in writing to Environment Secretary George Eustice to urge the government to prioritise the Bill.

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