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Live Reporting

By Louise Wilson and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from Holyrood Live

    Sarwar and Sturgeon

    That's all from Holyrood Live on Thursday 14 November 2019.

    The Scottish Parliament heard allegations that a child died as a result of contamination at a children's ward in Glasgow and the parents were not told the reason why they died.

    Speaking at first minister's questions, the Labour MSP, Anas Sarwar, said he had information from a whistle-blower that the child died in 2017.

    The Daily Record reports a probe uncovered the infection link but the child's parents were not told about it.

    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGCC) insisted tests have shown the water supply is safe.

    Nicola Sturgeon said steps were being taken to understand the problems at the hospital, including a public inquiry.

    The first minister said: "We are determined to address the concerns of patients and families and the Health Secretary is committed to returning to Parliament to set out the full details of the public inquiry as soon as possible."

  2. Scottish government motion on US tariffs agreed

    Both Tory and Labour amendments are rejected with 16 votes for and 74 against.

    The unamended Scottish government motion is passed with 74 votes for and 16 against.

    Scottish government motion
    Image caption: The unamended Scottish government motion
  3. UK government in fear of jeopardising any future trade talks says Lib Dem MSP

    The Lib Dem MSP says the UK government is in fear of jeopardising any future trade talks with the US.

    Mr Rumbles says the fact single malts are being targeted means smaller distilleries will face the largest impact.

    The "Let's Get Brexit Done" slogan is a fraud, he argues, pointing out there will be years of wrangling with the EU over future trade arrangements even if the UK leaves the EU on 31 January.

    He argues the best deal for the UK is to stay in the EU.

  4. What about Scottish cashmere producers?

    Johnstons of Elgin is the largest manufacturer of cashmere knitwear in the UKb
    Image caption: Johnstons of Elgin is the largest manufacturer of cashmere knitwear in the UK

    Johnstons of Elgin, the largest manufacturer of cashmere knitwear in the UK, has also expressed concern over the imposition of a 25% tariff on its sector.

    The US is its third largest market behind Europe and Japan.

    Chief executive Simon Cotton said: "In the very short term we are going to have to absorb these costs because we can't expect people to pay more for products they have already ordered.

    "In the longer term this is going to hit consumers in the US, and that it is going to mean that their cashmere is going to become more expensive.

    "That, in turn, means we will be able to export less, grow less and will have to downscale our plans."

  5. 'Resorting to tariff barriers is in no-one's interests'

    Mr Rumbles warns these trade tariffs will be a bitter blow to Scotland's rural economy.

    This is an example of the type of behaviour we'll face if the Brexit deal forces us into the hands of President Trump, he adds.

    "Resorting to tariff barriers is in no-ones interests."

  6. Background: 'Special relationship' won't guarantee UK-US trade

    Former US Trade Chief Michael Froman

    The UK should not expect that its "special relationship" with the US means it will get more favourable terms when it comes to trade.

    That was the warning from former US trade chief, Michael Froman, talking exclusively to the BBC.

    The US would not compromise its own economic interests, he said.

    His comments came as new tariffs on UK exports, including Scottish single malt whisky and Scottish cashmere, are set to come into force on Friday.

    Whisky and cashmere are amongst a range of products that will see a 25% tariff imposed when they are sold to US customers, as a result of a 15-year-long trade dispute between planemakers Airbus and Boeing.

    Read more here.

  7. Lib Dem MSP astonished Tories remove reference to economic impact of Brexit

    Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles

    Mike Rumbles says he is astonished the Scottish Conservatives amendment removes the reference to the damage any Brexit will have on the British economy.

    Their policy has changed dramatically and not for the better, argues the Lib Dem MSP.

    He warns it takes years of investment and development for a business to break into new markets.

    Mr Rumbles says the US president's aggressive nationalism and actions do not chime with his warm words about a future trade deal.

  8. Background: What effect will the tariffs have on shortbread producers?

    Shortbread

    Moray-based Walkers Shortbread, which is Britain's biggest exporter of sweet biscuits, described the new duty as a "very great concern".

    According to joint managing director Jim Walker, the company exported 5,000 tonnes of shortbread - more than a 10th of its total production - to America last year.

    Mr Walker said that with 1,600 people employed in Aberlour for the peak period leading up to Christmas, the firm would continue production and may scale down for the new year.

    About half of the festive season stock has already been delivered to the US, so has avoided tariffs.

    Read more here.

  9. Independence would leave Scotland 'at the whim' of other countries

    Ms Grant says it is "foolish" to reject close trading partnerships with those who show us loyalty.

    She goes on to argue it does not make sense for the Scottish government to continue to pursue independence as it would leave Scotland at the whim of other countries and their trade deals.

    There is no guarantee Scotland would be able to join the EU after independence, she suggests, and insists remaining a part of the UK within the EU is the best option.

  10. Labour MSP warns tariffs could lead to job losses

    Ms Grant points out the US is the largest market for malt whisky and she warns cashmere has also been hit by these tariffs.

    Food sales will be hit, with Walkers Shortbread having to pay the additional tariff she says.

    The size of the tariffs makes it impossible for the costs to be absorbed for any length of time, she adds.

    The Labour MSP warns it could ultimately lead to job losses.

  11. Here is Labour's amendment

    Labour's amendment
  12. Deeply disappointing US has put tariffs on iconic Scottish produce

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

    Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says it is deeply disappointing that the US has decided to inflict tariffs on iconic Scottish produce.

    Ms Grant says this should not however surprise us, as we have seen the US release its might on foreign markets.

    It does not auger well that the WTO has allowed this to happen, adds the Labour MSP.

    She tells the chamber the level of tariffs will be damaging to our produce.

  13. Background: How did this row start?

    Airbus' A380 was unfairly subsidised, WTO says
    Image caption: Airbus' A380 was unfairly subsidised, WTO says

    The US first filed the case in 2004, arguing that cheap European loans for Airbus amounted to illegal state subsidies.

    The WTO decided in favour of the US, which subsequently complained that the EU and certain member countries were not in compliance with the decision, prompting years of further wrangling.

    The US had sought to impose tariffs on about $11bn in goods. Though the WTO cut that figure to $7.5bn, Wednesday's decision still marks the largest penalty of its kind in the organisation's history.

    The WTO's dispute settlement body must formally adopt the ruling but is not expected to overturn the decision.

  14. Clash over whether Brexit would free UK from US tariffs

    The only reason Scotch whisky is being hit by these tariffs is because the UK is still a member of the EU, Mr Lockhart argues, insisting the EU has prioritised its airspace over Scottish produce.

    Ivan McKee intervenes to say the Scottish government has repeatedly offered to sit down with the UK government and he also argues the UK was specifically named in the US ruling so it would still be liable for the tariffs.

    The Tory MSP says the Scotch Whisky Association has said the EU withdrawal deal on the table stands up for the industry.

  15. Here's the Conservative amendment...

    Conservative amendment
  16. Tory MSP highlights plan to review alcohol duty to support drinks industry

    Mr Lockhart welcomes the fact Boris Johnson has raised the issue of tariffs with President Trump on several occasions.

    The UK government last week announced it would review alcohol duty to ensure the UK drinks industry had the support it needs pending the resolution of the problem with the US, he says.

    The Tory MSP says the importance of the sectors caught up with the tariffs dispute is too large to be used for politics and he urges the Scottish government to work with the UK government.

  17. Background: What impact will US tariffs have on Scotch whisky?

    Whisky

    A 25% tariff on single malt Scotch whisky exports to the United States was introduced earlier this month.

    The new duty is among measures being imposed by the US in retaliation against EU subsidies given to aircraft maker Airbus.

    Other goods being targeted include cashmere sweaters and sweet biscuits.

    Here, BBC Scotland looks at the scale of the Scotch whisky market in the US and the potential impact on sales of whisky and other Scottish products across the pond.

    According to analysis of HMRC figures by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), Scotch exports to America last year were worth $1.3bn (£1bn). Single malts represented 33% of that.

    Read more here.

  18. Tory MSP says Scotch whisky has become collateral damage in trade dispute

    Tory MSP Dean Lockhart
    Image caption: Tory MSP Dean Lockhart

    Tory MSP Dean Lockhart says everyone across this chamber recognises the importance of the Scotch whisky industry and other sectors affected by these tariffs.

    Mr Lockhart adds Scotch whisky has become collateral damage in a multi-dimensional trade dispute between the EU and the US.

    He warns of a potential decline of over $100m a year in exports.

  19. Scotland's voice must be heard in trade deals

    the minister

    Leaving the EU will not remove the US tariffs, the minister says, as instead it would move to WTO rules.

    Scotland has valued protected geographical indication status on products like whisky and salmon, he highlights.

    We can increase our exports to 25% of GDP in the next ten years but our voice must be heard in trade deals, he argues.