Ian Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - Mr President, the EU is not perfect. President Juncker accepts that and I welcome some of the initiatives that he mentioned in order to tackle challenges such as those in the areas of job creation, connectivity and social justice.

President Juncker also said that the EU should empower citizens and embrace solidarity. Well, the people of Scotland voted in June to remain in the European Union to constructively continue to work on collective challenges. Cross-party efforts are being made right now in Scotland to identify all possible means of protecting Scotland’s position, particularly with access to the single market.

The Scottish Government is working hard to persuade the UK Government to recognise the democratic will of the people of Scotland in formulating its negotiating position, if it ever gets round to that. I hope that the Commission and the Council, and this Parliament, will be open to imaginatively finding a way to reflect the democratic will of people in Scotland. That would be solidarity.

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