Article 50 Inquiry


About the Inquiry

An inquiry to monitor and scrutinise the Article 50 withdrawal negotiations and their implications for Scotland.


Written submissions

Read the written submissions

Call for views

The Committee issued a call for evidence on 14 September 2018. The closing date for submissions was 12 October 2018.

Read the call for evidence

Oral Evidence

Scottish and UK Government Ministers

The Committee has taken evidence from Scottish and UK Ministers on the progress of Article 50 Withdrawal negotiations on the following occasions:

The Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Mike Russell MSP, gave evidence on 6 September 2018, 20 December 2018 and 25 April 2019.

The Secretary of State for Scotland, Rt Hon David Mundell MP, and Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union, gave evidence on 10 May 2018.

The Minister for Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Chancellor of Lancaster, Rt Hon David Lidington MP, gave evidence at a joint meeting of the Finance and Constitution Committee and Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on 29 November 2018.

UK's Future Trading Policy

The Committee took evidence on the UK's future trading policy at its meeting on 15 March 2018. The Committee took evidence from Peter Ungphakorn, former Senior Information Officer, World Trade Organisation Secretariat; Dr Gracia Marin Duran, Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law, UCL Faculty of Laws, University College London; Dr Matias Margulis, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Stirling; and Liz Murray, Head of Scottish Campaigns, Global Justice Now.

UK Common Frameworks

At its meeting on 3 May 2018, the Committee took evidence on UK Common Frameworks from Professor Michael Keating, Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change, and Professor Stephen Tierney, University of Edinburgh.


The Committee took evidence at its meeting on 4 October 2018 from Professor Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe, regarding the progress of the Article 50 negotiations.

The Committee took evidence from Akash Paun, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Government; Dr Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist of the European Research Centre; and Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow on the progress of the Article 50 negotiations and likely outcomes at its meeting on 24 January 2019.


Evidence was taken from representatives of a wide range of sectors on their preparedness for the outcome of the Article 50 negotiating process was taken at the Committee meeting on 29 November 2018.

Perspective from Northern Ireland

At its meeting on 31 January 2019, the Committee took evidence from Dr Katy Hayward, Reader, Social Division and Conflict, Queens University Belfast, and Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, RTE News/Irish TV & Radio on the implications and perspective of Northern Ireland of Article 50 negotiations.

Economic Implications for Scotland of a No-Deal Brexit

The Committee took evidence from the Scottish Government's Chief Economics Adviser, Dr Gary Gillespie and Deputy Director, Economic Analysis, Simon Fuller at its meeting on 7 March 2019.

Future of UK-EU Inter-Institutional relations post-Brexit

The Committee took evidence from Professor Michael Keating, Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change, and Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at University of Stirling on the way that UK, EU and devolved institutions may interact Post-Brexit at its meeting on 14 March 2019.

International Agreements

Evidence was taken from trade experts on the negotiation of new international agreements between the UK and other countries, and the implications for Scotland at Committee meetings on 21 March 2019 and 28 March 2019. The Committee took evidence from the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation on 9 May 2019.

The Law Society of Scotland provided a submission ahead of the 9 May 2019 meeting.

Previous call for evidence (2017)

As part of this inquiry, in 2017 the Committee issued a call for evidence (which closed on 18 August 2017). To find out more about that call for evidence, please see the following link:

Article 50: 2017 call for evidence

Visits and Events

Fact-finding Trip to Brussels


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