Date lodged: 17 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to reported comments by the First Minister on 15 October 2016, how it defines (a) hard and (b) soft Brexit.
Answered by: Michael Russell 7 November 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU, following Scotland’s unequivocal vote to retain the wide range of economic and social benefits membership provides. We are considering all possible steps to ensure Scotland’s continuing relationship with the EU and will work with others to try and avoid a ‘hard brexit’ which removes the UK not just from the EU but from the single market as well. We are engaged at ministerial and official level with the UK Government to ensure the best outcome for Scotland following the EU referendum, and in the meantime continue to welcome fellow EU nationals to make Scotland their home.