We are now exactly one month on from the EU referendum. It seems in some ways no time at all - and, in others, a lifetime. I'm sure many of you feel the same way.
From the renewal of Trident to the prospect to being taken out the EU against our will – Scotland’s democratic deficit has never been clearer.
The SNP Scottish Government is working tirelessly to deliver what Scotland voted for – to stay in the EU. Since the EU referendum there has been strong support for this position from across Europe.
From the Vice-Chancellor of Germany to the Irish Taoiseach, here’s what senior politicians have said about Scotland’s place in Europe.
Here’s just some of what your SNP Scottish Government has done this week.
Theresa May is now Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Last Tuesday I hosted a gathering of consular officials from European Union countries at Bute House. The purpose of the meeting, and my message to those diplomats was clear: their citizens are very welcome here in Scotland, and I am determined that they will remain free to live and work here, contributing to our national life.
While the Scottish Government is working to secure Scotland’s place in Europe, it has not been distracted from the business of governing.
The actions of Tony Blair, as Prime Minister, took the UK to war in Iraq, which led to the death of 179 UK armed forces personnel, almost 200,000 Iraqi civilians, and the present instability in the Middle East.
The publication of the Report of the Iraq Inquiry by Sir John Chilcot today is welcome but long overdue.