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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04273: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01163 by Fiona Hyslop on 29 July 2016, in light of the cabinet secretary's comment that "the Scottish Government has committed to being as open and as frank as possible – with the Scottish people, as well as with the Scottish Parliament – as it explores all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU", what information it can provide regarding the legal advice that it has (a) commissioned and (b) received regarding the Brexit process.

Answered by: James Wolffe 16 November 2016

The Scottish Government receives legal advice on this and other EU matters on an on-going basis and will continue to do so as appropriate as it explores all options to protect Scotland’s interests and relationship with the EU.

The Scottish Ministerial code is clear that Ministers must not divulge either the source or content of legal advice. However, this will not undermine Scottish Government commitment to provide regular updates to the Scottish Parliament on the work undertaken in response to the result of the EU referendum.