Brexit post for ex-EK coun­cil­lor Simp­son to lead Holy­rood group

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

A f o r mer E a s t Ki l b r i d e coun­cil­lor has been put at the fore­front of Scot­tish Brexit talks.

Cen­tral Scot­land MSP Gra­ham Simp­son has been named as the con­vener of a Scot­tish Par­lia­ment com­mit­tee.

And he will play a key role in scru­ti­n­is­ing Brexit leg­is­la­tion on be­half of Scot­land.

T h e f o r me r E a s t K i l b r i d e West coun­cil­lor, who backed a Leave vote ahead of last year ’s EU ref­er­en­dum, will chair the del­e­gated pow­ers and law re­form com­mit­tee and ex­am­ine the Euro­pean Union With­drawal Bill in the com­ing months.

Mr Si mp­son was el ected as chair fol­low­ing Holy­rood’s re­turn from sum­mer re­cess.

And he be­lieves the coun­try is en­ter­ing an his­toric time in the midst of the process to exit the EU.

The Con­ser­va­tive MSP said: “It is a priv­i­lege to be elected con­vener f or t he del­e­gated pow­ers and l aw re­form com­mit­tee, es­pe­cially at a time when peo­ple are wait­ing t o see what i mpact Brexit will have not only on Scot­land but the UK as well.

“The com­mit­tee have a bi g job on their hands but we are up to the task and will have tough ques­tions for both the Scot­tish and UK gov­ern­ments.

“It vi­tally im­por­tant that ov e r t h e c o mi n g mont h s we give due dili­gence and foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion on all the leg­is­la­tion that will be laid be­fore the par­lia­ment in re­gards to Brexit.

“T h e c o mmit t e e i s n o t a l l about Brexit – there are many other pieces of leg­is­la­tion that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment wants to pass into law.

“It is only right and proper that they are ex­am­ined thor­oughly by an in­de­pen­dent cross-party com­mit­tee.”

Mr Simp­son will also con­tinue in his role on the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee. He added: “As the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment re­turns af­ter re­cess, it is go­ing to be a very busy time. There is much to do but I’m look­ing for ward to get­ting started.”

I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting started...

Priv­i­lege Gra­ham Simp­son MSP is chair of top Holy­rood com­mit­tee

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