The Local Government and Communities Committee has agreed to hold a roundtable evidence session in order to appraise itself of the key implications for Scottish local government of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
The decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is likely to have a number of implications for Scottish local government. Whilst identifying those implications may be challenging as they will be dependent upon the terms on which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, this initial work by the Committee will help to inform its consideration of what , if any, inquiry work it wishes to undertake.
The Committee took evidence from the following on Wednesday 14 December 2016:
- Cllr David O'Neill, President, COSLA; Jim Savege, SOLACE Scotland (and Chief Executive, Aberdeenshire Council); Helen Martin, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress; Professor James Mitchell, Co-Director, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh; Stuart Black, Highlands and Islands European Partnership (and Director of Development and Infrastructure, Highland Council).
- Link to Papers for meeting on 14 December 2016 (377KB pdf)
- Link to Official Report of meeting on 14 December 2016
Following the evidence session on 14 December 2016, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, COSLA, David Eiser (Fraser of Allander Institute) and the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee.
A response from David Eiser was received on 11 January 2017:
A response from the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe was received on 1 June 2017:
A response from COSLA was received on 20 June 2017:
The Convener wrote to the Culture, Tourism and Europe and External Relations Committee on 9 February 2017 with a report on the Committee's EU engagement and scrutiny in relation to the European Commission's work programme 2017: