Date lodged: 9 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-03831 by Michael Russell on 7 November 2016, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding how it defines (a) hard and (b) soft Brexit.
Answered by: Michael Russell 16 November 2016
As answered on 7 November 2016, a ‘hard brexit’ would remove the UK not just from the EU but from the single market as well. The Scottish Government is committed to protecting Scotland’s interests and considers that this means remaining in the single market. The Scottish Government will publish proposals over the coming weeks for an alternative to a “hard Brexit” that would allow Scotland to stay in the single market and to preserve key aspects of our relationship with the EU.