Happy New Year! Heather Anderson arrived at the Parliament this week to replace former MEP Alyn Smith and received a warm welcome. Aileen, Christian and Heather will continue to stand up for Scotland and make sure that the legacy of our time here is that when Scotland returns as an independent country, the EU is ready for us.

The focus in London has been on the fact that the Prime Minister finally passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on to the House of Lords. A tragic step (though unsurprising after the UK election result) and one made worse as MPs voted down various amendments to protect refugees, EU27 citizens and the UK’s participation in Erasmus. None of these defeats mean the fight is over, but they do show that the UK government has the majority to push through a very hard brexit if it wants.