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European Union (Relations)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 11th December 2019.

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Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

5. To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with European partners regarding Scotland’s future relationship with the European Union. (S5O-03903)

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government meets our European partners regularly to discuss matters of joint interest, convey Scotland’s position as a proud, open and welcoming European nation, and underline our commitment to the shared principles and values of the European Union.

Whatever happens in the future, the Scottish Government remains committed to EU membership and to working collaboratively with the EU and its member states.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Does the cabinet secretary agree that any form of Brexit will be hugely damaging, not only for my constituents in Dundee but for the whole of Scotland? Does she also agree that, tomorrow, the people of Scotland have the opportunity to take Scotland’s future into its own hands, to stop Boris Johnson, stop the Tories and stop Brexit—

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

No. I have already said that we are not on the stump. That is fine. I know what the answer probably is but I do not want electioneering in the chamber on the last

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

I think that the member asked another question.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

What did she ask about?

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

T he impact of Brexit is fine. Let us hear about that.

Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

Our European partners recognise the damaging impact of Brexit. Whatever the result of the election, in Scotland there are already damaging impacts on both our economic output and, as we have heard in answers to recent questions, EU citizens.

The European partners that I speak to fully understand Scotland’s pro-European position: they know that Scotland voted to remain and they have great sympathy with our position. They also know that we comply, and have complied for 40 years, with the EU as a European Union member. That is the position that the Scottish Government wants to retain. People have the opportunity to make those views clear in the near future.