The EU referendum and its implications for Scotland

 

Remit

The Scottish Saltire and European flags flying in the wind.

An inquiry to consider:

  • the implications for Scotland of the decision in the UK referendum to leave the EU;
  • the process by which the UK’s future relationship with the EU is decided and how Scotland’s interests are taken into account;
  • the implications for Scotland of the future relationship with the EU proposed by the UK Government;
  • the European and domestic processes by which the UK will withdraw from the EU and how Scotland’s interests are represented in those processes.

Strategic objectives

  • To promote an understanding of the potential implications across a number of policy areas - whether positive or negative - of leaving the EU for Scotland, and to engage with Scottish civil society to discuss those implications.
  • To promote an understanding of the process by which the UK will agree its position on its future relationship with the EU and the process by which it will leave the EU.
  • To gather evidence on what is important for Scotland and the people of Scotland in terms of the future relationship with the EU.
  • To draw on the evidence gathered to scrutinise the decisions taken on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union and the impact of those decisions on Scotland.
  • To draw on the evidence gathered to scrutinise the representation of Scotland’s interests by the Scottish Government and the UK Government in the process of withdrawing from the EU and developing the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
  • To produce reports summarising the evidence gathered, setting out the views of people and organisations in Scotland, and making recommendations on how Scotland’s interests can best be represented.

Themes

  • Theme 1 – Scotland’s future trade relationship with the EU: membership of the single market, a bilateral relationship, World Trade Organization rules.
  • Theme 2 – Intergovernmental relations and the Scottish Government’s role in negotiations.
  • Theme 3 – The impact of leaving the EU for the Scottish budget.
  • Theme 4 – Scotland’s future relations with the EU and its Member States.
  • Theme 5 – The rights of EU Nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU.
  • Theme 6 – The domestic process of withdrawing from the EU.

Evidence

Call for evidence (closed)

The Committee issued a call for evidence July 2016. The closing date was 5 September 2016.

Written evidence

Read the written evidence received by the Committee (link)

Supplementary written evidence

Read the supplementary written evidence received by the Committee (link)

Correspondence

The following correspondence relates to the outcome of the the EU referndum and  the UK's eventual departure from the European Union. See the following link:

The EU referendum and its implications for Scotland correspondence 

Research and briefings

Read briefings prepared by the Committee's advisers Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott and Professor Michael Keating and other papers commissoined by the Committee.

Research papers and briefings

Fact-finding visits

As part of its scrutiny of the EU referendum and its implications for Scotland, the Committee has undertaken various fact-finding vsists. Find out more:

Committee fact-finding visits

Report

The Committee have published a number reports on 'The EU referendum and its implications for Scotland'. Find out more:

Scottish Government responses 

EU Migration and EU Citizens’ Rights:

Brexit: What Scotland thinks: summary of evidence and emerging issues:

UK Government response

EU Migration and EU Citizens’ Rights: