Forth Valley MSP elected leader of cross-party Holyrood group
A local MSP is calling on the Scottish government to build good relationships with Nordic countries in the face of Brexit.
Angus MacDonald was elected as convenor of a Holyrood group promoting Scotland’s trade and cultural links with Scandinavian nations.
Mr MacDonald, who previously lived and worked in both Norway and Denmark, says Scotland’s highly thought of.
“I am delighted to have been elected as Convener of the CPG on Nordic Countries, especially given my keen interest in all things Nordic.
“With Brexit looming large it is important that we build on our already strong links with the Nordic nations, not least our close neighbours in Scandinavia and Iceland.
“Having lived and worked in both Norway and Denmark, and having met a large number of Nordic politicians here in Edinburgh and across the North Sea, I know there is a great deal of goodwill towards Scotland from all the Nordic nations.
“In addition, Scotland shares many common social, economic and cultural bonds as well as environmental concerns with our Nordic neighbours.
“In recent years there has been an ever increasing recognition of the globally important geopolitical position Scotland has in what is described as “the new North”. We have new opportunities for trade, innovation and investment which we must build on.
“By working collaboratively with our friends, Scotland can be a valuable partner to the countries across the Nordic region on many areas where we face common challenges and opportunities”.