Scotland and the UK Internal Market - Call for views

One of the principles agreed by the UK and Devolved Governments is that ‘common frameworks’ are necessary to enable the functioning of the UK internal market post-Brexit, while acknowledging policy divergence. The term common frameworks refers to those areas where the UK and Devolved Governments consider that it would be beneficial to establish common policy and regulatory approaches in some areas that are currently governed by the European Union.

The UK does not have an internal market defined in law as it has been part of the European Union Internal Market. The UK internal market and how it operates will impact on a wide range of Scottish organisations, including Scottish businesses, environmental and consumer organisations.

The purpose of this inquiry is to understand how the UK internal market might operate after Brexit. The questions below are intended to help inform your response to the Committee.

1. What is the UK internal market?

2. How will international treaties, including trade deals, impact on the UK internal market? 

3. What are the priorities and challenges for Scottish businesses and organisations in operating within a UK     internal market?

4. What institutional structures will be required to administer and enforce the UK internal market?

5. What mechanisms should be available to challenge ‘unfair’ internal market practices?

6. What will be the impact of the UK internal market on devolved powers?

7. What should be the role of the Scottish Parliament in relation to scrutinising the UK internal market?

The Committee would welcome written submissions dealing with the issues outlined above and any other relevant views in relation to a UK internal market.

The closing date for responses is Friday 28 February 2020.

How to submit your views

Before providing your views, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language.

The Scottish Parliament and its Committees value diversity and seek to work towards committee witnesses being broadly representative of Scotland’s society. As such we encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence. If you need advice, please contact the Clerks at [email protected]

Written responses should be sent electronically to [email protected]. Ideally they should be no more than four sides of A4.

If you cannot submit electronically, you may send in a hard copy of written submission. Please send them to:The Finance and Constitution Committee, Room T3.60, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP.

What happens next?

The Committee will consider all written evidence received before deciding upon those witnesses from whom it wishes to hear oral evidence in due course.

Should you require alternative formats of this information or further assistance in making a written submission to the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact the clerking team of the Committee via email or by telephone on 0131 348 5215.


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