What options exist for Scotland's future relationship with the EU?

07 September 2016

The Scottish Affairs Committee begin their inquiry into Scotland's place in Europe hearing from academic experts in politics and EU law, focusing on how the EU referendum result will be implemented, and what options exist for Scotland's future relationship with the EU.


Wednesday 7 September 2016, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

Implementing the EU referendum result

At 2.15pm

  • Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Anniversary Chair in Law and Co-Director at the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Jo Murkens, Associate Professor in Law, London School of Economics
  • Professor Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics, University of Edinburgh

Options for Scotland's relationship with the EU

At 3.00pm

  • Professor Michael Keating, Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Tobias Lock, Lecturer in EU Law, Edinburgh Law School

Purpose of the session

The main question to be discussed are:

  • How will the EU referendum result affect Scotland's relationship with Europe?
  • In light of the way Scotland voted in the EU referendum, what options exist for Scotland to remain a member of the EU?
  • What role will Scotland have in the process of the UK's withdrawal from the EU?
  • How will Scotland be included in the Government's Brexit negotiations?

Chair's comments

"It is a little over two months since the EU referendum, and we are still no clearer as to what the UK's relationship with Europe will look like in the future.

At this point it is important that we examine how Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain, will have its interests represented during the forthcoming negotiations.

We also need to understand what options exist that would enable Scotland to remain a member of the EU.

This evidence session will allow us to understand the processes involved in withdrawing from the European Union and identifying the role which Scotland will play in the process going forward.

I am pleased to have two such distinguished panels of witnesses and look forward to hearing their views."

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