MSPs head to Brussels to look at EU options for Scotland
European and External Relations Committee visit Brussels today to investigate post-Brexit options for Scotland
European and External Relations Committee - credit Scottish Parliament
Members of the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee are in Brussels today to meet with EU and European Free Trade Association ambassadors and organisations.
The trip forms part of the committee’s investigation into the implications of the Brexit vote on Scotland.
Discussions will inform evidence sessions on the subject after the summer recess.
Every one of Scotland's 32 local authority areas voted to remain within the EU but the UK-wide vote backed leaving the political union.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland could remain in the EU under new arrangements, something vehemently denied by UK ministers.
Prime Minister Theresa May said she is "willing to listen to options" on Scotland's future relationship with the European Union, but ruled out a second referendum on independence.
Ahead of the Brussels trip committee convener Joan McAlpine said: “Our meetings in Brussels will seek to open channels with key European decision makers to discuss how Scotland’s interests can be represented as discussions go forward.
“Our session later this month provides us with an opportunity to hear from key sectors, including higher education, finance and industry. We will raise the questions and concerns of those sectors in our meetings with the Scottish and UK Governments.”
Boris Johnson warned Donald Tusk that “time is very short” to achieve an agreement
The Scotland Office said hosting the conference would provide a boost for business while showcasing “the diverse culture and world-leading innovation that the UK has to offer”
A dedicated helpline and specialist advisers will help EU, EEA and Swiss nationals work through their UK settlement applications