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Estonian National Day

EDM (Early Day Motion) 996: tabled on 22 February 2022

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 32 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that 24 February is the Estonian National Day, marking 104 years since the signing of the Estonian declaration of independence in 1918, and the foundation of the Republic of Estonia; further notes that the Estonian people had been subjects variously of Swedish, Russian and German Empires and that in 1917 after years of brutal conflict in Europe, Estonians formed a Provisional National Council, the Maapäev, to reform and modernise institutions and governance that had previously been the preserve of the Russian Imperial elite; notes that as the Bolshevik government sought to overturn these steps towards self-determination and the German army threatened to invade, the Maapäev held elections at the start of February 1918 which underlined its legitimacy before the declaration of independence on 24 February; and further notes that following this demonstration of Estonian self-determination it was required to bravely fight both German and Soviet forces until the signing of the Tartu Peace Treaty in February 1920; and recalls the words in the preamble to the Estonian Declaration of Independence on 24 February, which state that never in the course of centuries have the Estonian people lost their ardent desire for independence and that from generation to generation Estonians have kept alive the secret hope that in spite of enslavement and oppression by other nations the time will come in Estonia when it is said that all splinters, at both ends, will burst forth into flames and when Kalev will come home to bring his children happiness.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Strangford
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Motherwell and Wishaw
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Dundee West
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Central Ayrshire
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Dunfermline and West Fife
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Angus
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Glasgow South
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 23 February 2022
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Ochil and South Perthshire
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2022
Rochdale
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Falkirk
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Glasgow North East
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Lanark and Hamilton East
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2022
York Central
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Gordon
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 February 2022
Glasgow North
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 28 February 2022
Arfon
Qaisar, Ms Anum
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 February 2022
Airdrie and Shotts
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 February 2022
Glasgow Central
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 February 2022
Glasgow South West
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 March 2022
East Renfrewshire
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 March 2022
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 March 2022
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 March 2022
Ceredigion
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 March 2022
Stirling
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 April 2022
Glasgow North West

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.