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European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf As I said, the Bank of England is ours, because Scottish taxpayers have contributed to it since 1946. We will operate in that framework. In fair negotiations, if we are going to take a portion of the debt, we will get a portion of the asset, too, so the Bank of England would be included in that resp...
European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf It is not just the Scottish Government’s position; it is also the UK Government’s position, as we have seen from the article in The Guardian about a UK Government minister saying that there would be a currency union. We have also had Ruth Davidson saying that she would be arguing for a currency unio...
European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf One of the beauties of a yes vote on 18 September is that we will get to inform the future direction of our country from the very foundations.

Although there was some disagreement between Bruce Adamson and Professor Tomkins on that point in the evidence session, I definitely agree with B...
European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf As the white paper says, Scotland will seek a closer relationship with the Nordic Council of Ministers. That does not necessarily mean membership, although I am not taking that off the table. It means that we will work more closely with the council to determine our relationship with it. There are ot...
European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf We have unequivocally said that we would not only meet the 0.7 per cent target but enshrine that commitment in legislation, which is incredibly important. Indeed, our aspirations are to look towards targeting 1 per cent in the future.

We are unequivocal about that commitment. Committee me...
European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf I thank the member for the question. When I bumped into him in the canteen yesterday, he promised that he would be nice to me in committee today. I am pleased that he has lived up to his promise thus far.

European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf We have commented publicly a number of times that the way to negotiate in the EU is not to hold a gun to the EU’s head. That does not work as a negotiating tactic and is not how to negotiate. The in/out referendum on Europe that has been promised for 2017 takes exactly that approach, which is not wi...
European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf I must commend the work on debt relief that the Jubilee Debt Campaign has done across the UK, and I certainly suggest that any member who is interested in debt relief should look at not only the proposals that we have put forward, but those from the Jubilee Debt Campaign, which was at many of our di...
European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf I genuinely do not think that it matters what colour the Government is, or what the mixture of the colours is. Going by current polling it could be a UKIP-Tory coalition or anything. Polls do not indicate exactly what Government we will get in 2015, but whatever the colour of that Government, common...
European and External Relations Committee 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014 view accessible version view PDF version
Humza Yousaf Very much so.

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