Europe

COSLA IN BRUSSELS BREXIT TALKS WITH BARNIER

Earlier today (Monday), in Brussels, COSLA’s President and Vice-President met with the EU Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier. The meeting discussed the potential impacts on public services, local economic sectors, citizen’s rights and community cohesion in Scotland of the UK withdrawal from the EU. 
 

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Mon, 23/10/2017 - 12:00

THE IMPORTANCE OF EUROPE TO SCOTTISH LOCAL GOVERNMENT

By Councillor Harry McGuigan, COSLA’s Spokesperson on Europe

"Scotland’s Council Leaders agreed unanimously, pre- referendum, that the benefits of staying in the EU considerably outweighed those of leaving.  There were strong feelings in favour of the rights we have gained and the relative peace we have enjoyed.  

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Fri, 18/11/2016 - 00:00

UK LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS UNITE IN BREXIT DEVOLUTION CALL

Leaders of local government in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have united around the call for further devolution to local communities across the UK after Brexit.

Council leaders across the UK are warning against any new constitutional settlement once we leave the EU being decided only by Westminster and the devolved administrations in Holyrood, Stormont and Cardiff Bay.

The local government associations of the four countries of the UK are calling for constitutional talks with government to ensure three key principles underpin any new settlement:

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Wed, 16/11/2016 - 00:00

Welsh and Scottish associations voice support for stay in EU campaign

With the EU referendum fast approaching on 23 June, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) have voiced their support for continued membership of the EU.

From economic well-being and significant levels of inward investment, to important cultural links, both associations hope the current and historic benefits of EU membership will form part of the public’s consideration as they make an important decision on the future of the UK.

Councillor Bob Bright (Newport City Council), WLGA spokesperson on Europe, said:

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Tue, 17/05/2016 - 10:52

COSLA statement on Europe Day

To mark the celebration of Europe Day today (Monday 9 May) COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill re-iterated COSLA’s position to remain within the EU.

“In COSLA’s Convention we agreed unanimously and across all our political groups that we would campaign to remain within the European Union for the EU Referendum.

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Mon, 09/05/2016 - 13:16