Implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland

 

Background

The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016. Prime Minister Theresa May triggered this process on Wednesday 29 March 2017. It is anticipated that this will have significant ramifications for policy areas within the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s remit.

The outcome of the European Union (EU) referendum has caused great uncertainty for many stakeholder organisations. As the situation develops the Committee has agreed to hold some initial evidence sessions to provide a preliminary status report on stakeholder views.

This initial piece of work will focus on the three of the main areas of impact for the Committee – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. At its meeting on 15 March the Committee discussed the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union on the fisheries sector. This was then followed by a further session on 22 March when the Committee discussed the impact on agriculture and forestry. On the 19 April, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and the Minister of UK Negotiation for Scotland's Place appeared before the Committee to discuss the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union on all three areas - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

It is anticipated that this will be the first in an on-going series of updates as the negotiations to exit the EU progress. The Committee has agreed to receive a further update on these issues, in addition to issues around transport, digital and food and drink at a later stage.

The Committee has also appointed Mike Rumbles MSP as EU reporter to monitor and assess the impact on issues within the REC Committee’s remit.

The Committee has received the following written evidence -

 

Implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland - Fisheries. Committee Meeting 15 March 2017.

 

 Implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland - Agriculture and Forestry. Committee Meeting 22 March 2017.

Implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland - Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and the Minister of UK Negotiation for Scotland's Place -Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Committee Meeting 19 April 2017.