Skip to main content

Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04895: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 21 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason its timeline of 1,000 years of the Scottish constitution in chapter 4 of its document, Scotland: A European Nation, does not make reference to the (a) 1975 EEC referendum and the positions taken by Scotland's political parties at that time and (b) A Claim of Right for Scotland.

Answered by: Michael Russell 1 December 2016

The document was submitted to the clerks of the of the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee on the day of publication.

The Scottish Government recognises Scotland’s rich and diverse history, and acknowledges that it would not be possible to highlight this in one single document. We believe that the timeline, as published, is a reasonable attempt to reflect our history to a European audience.

The Scottish Government published, Scotland: A European Nation, on 21 November, to outline Scotland’s extensive historic engagement with Europe, and its present democratic and constitutional position in relation to the UK. The document also aims to increase understanding of our unique political and legal position in relation to the outcome of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.