Scotland's place in Europe inquiry launched

14 July 2016

The Scottish Affairs Committee launches a new inquiry on Scotland's place in Europe following the EU referendum.

The overall EU referendum result was a vote for leave, but a breakdown of the vote shows that in Scotland a clear majority of people voted to remain. The inquiry will look at available options for retaining Scotland’s EU membership and focus on how Scotland can best be represented in future negotiations.

Terms of reference

  • 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?
  • What future relationship with the EU would be best for Scotland?
  • How will Scottish interests be represented in the negotiations regarding the UK's withdrawal from, and future relationship with, the EU?
  • How will the UK’s withdrawal from the EU affect Scottish devolution and Scotland's funding settlement?
  • What consequences and opportunities exist for developing Scottish trade in Europe and beyond in light of the EU referendum result?

Get involved

Send a written submission via the form available on our inquiry page. Because of the developing nature of the situation following the EU referendum, no deadline is being set for written submissions. However, submissions received by 31 August 2016 will inform the Committee's work in October.

You can also contribute to the debate on social media, through:

Chair's comments

On launching the inquiry, Committee Chair Pete Wishart commented:

"In the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, 62% of Scotland’s population voted to remain. We have launched this inquiry to look at what options are available to Scotland to continue to secure a relationship with the EU including examining whether Scotland can continue its membership of the EU.

As Brexit proposals start to emerge we will also examine what role Scotland should play in these discussions and what Brexit would mean for Scotland. 

As a Westminster committee charged with looking at Scottish Affairs it is important that we explore all these issues and we hope to secure evidence from sectoral interests, constitutional experts, representatives of international institutions and Government in Westminster and Edinburgh."

Further information

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