MSPs head to Brussels to look at EU options for Scotland

Written by Tom Freeman on 19 July 2016 in News

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.


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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.”

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