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S5W-04200: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) and its impact on Scotland it has commissioned since the EU referendum result.

Answered by: Michael Russell 22 November 2016

The Scottish Government is exploring all options to secure Scotland’s interests, and to protect its relationship with the EU and our place in the single market.

As part of this, the Scottish Government is currently undertaking a range of analyses to understand the potential implications of the UK exiting the EU across various policy areas and scenarios. These draw on Scottish Government in-house work, analysis commissioned by others and advice by its expert Standing Council on Europe.

In the coming weeks the Scottish Government will table specific proposals that would allow Scotland to stay in the single market and to preserve aspects of our relationship with the EU.