Constitutional implications of Brexit examined

19 April 2017

The Scottish Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into Scotland's place in Europe with a session examining the constitutional implications of the Brexit process and settlement.


Wednesday 19 April 2017, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Professor Alan Page, Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee
  • Dr Kirsty Hughes, Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations

Purpose of the session

When the UK leaves the EU, it will regain responsibility over policy areas that are currently determined by the EU, including powers such as agriculture and fisheries. Under the current devolution settlement, any powers not currently reserved to the UK Parliament would automatically transfer to the Scottish Parliament, but the UK Government has said that UK wide frameworks may be needed in some areas. How will Scotland's devolution settlement change post-Brexit? What powers are likely to be gained by the Scottish Parliament and what areas may be newly controlled by Westminster?

The Brexit process also raises questions about the UK Government's responsibilities to devolved administrations both during negotiations and once powers have been repatriated. What role, if any, will the Joint Ministerial Committee play in setting the UK’s agenda during negotiations? Are new intergovernmental mechanisms needed in repatriated policy areas? How should the views of the Scottish Parliament be represented in the process going forward?

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