Date lodged: 2 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what provision it has made regarding negotiations on the forthcoming Northern Isles ferry services contract in light of the Brexit vote.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 August 2016
At present, the UK remains a Member State of the European Union. The Scottish Government's priority is to protect all of our interests, and we are considering all options to protect Scotland's relationship with Europe. At present, trade and business should continue as normal and we remain of the view that European law and State aid rules require Scottish Government subsidised ferry services, such as those to the Northern Isles, to be tendered on a non-discriminatory basis.