About the Inquiry
An inquiry to monitor and scrutinise the negotiations of the future relationship between the European Union and the UK Government and their implications for Scotland.
Oral Evidence: May - June 2020
Due to the change in priorities to Parliamentary business during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Committee agreed to postpone its planned evidence sessions on the future relationship negotiations with sectoral stakeholders. In its place, the Committee agreed to hold evidence sessions with experts on the negotiations and with the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs in order to take stock of the progress made in, and the timetable for, the negotiations. The Committee also agreed to accept written submissions from the individuals and organisations who were invited to the postponed evidence sessions.
25 June 2020
The Committee took evidence from Rt Hon Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, UK Government
18 June 2020
The Committee took from Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government.
11 June 2020
The Committee took evidence from Professor Sarah Hall, Professor of Economic Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham; Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Fishermen's Federation; and Allie Renison, Head of EU and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors.
Following the meeting on 11 June 2020, Professor Sarah Hall provided an additional written submission:
4 June 2020
The Committee took evidence from Philip Rycroft, Former Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union
26 May 2020
The Committee took evidence from David McAllister MEP, UK Coordination Group in the European Parliament.
Oral Evidence: January - March 2020
Prior to the commencement of the inquiry, the Committee held evidence sessions on the Withdrawal Agreement and negotiation of the future relationship on the following dates:
5 March 2020
The Committee took evidence from Rt Hon Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland; Gillian McGregor CBE, Director and Nick Leake, Deputy Director, Policy, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland.
20 February 2020
The Committee took evidence from Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs and David Barnes, Head of EU Exit Strategy and Negotiations, Scottish Government.
23 January 2020
The Committee took evidence from Dr Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist, European Policy Centre; Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform; Dame Mariot Leslie, Former UK Diplomat and Member of the First Minister's Standing Council on Europe; and Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, Kings College London.
The following written submissions have been received:
The Committee’s adviser on International Trade has produced a paper detailing the International Agreements the UK Government has entered into as of March 2020:
The Convener wrote to the Scottish and UK Governments on 30 April 2020 in relation to future relationship negotiations:
The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs replied to the Convener's letter on 26 May 2020:
The UK Government Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster replied to the Convener's letter on 9 June 2020:
The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs wrote to the Convener on 3 June 2020 in relation to the Scottish Government's publication COVID-19: the Case for Extending the Brexit Transition Period:
Following the evidence session on 25 June 2020, the Convener wrote to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in relation to the future relationship negotiations: