Date lodged: 6 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will report on the outcome of the recent summit meeting of the British-Irish Council.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 7 December 2016
On 25 November 2016, the Welsh Government hosted a summit meeting of the British-Irish Council in Cardiff. The meeting was attended by Ministers from all eight Member Administrations and was chaired by the Welsh First Minister. The Scottish Government was represented by the First Minister, the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Minister for Childcare and Early Years and myself.
Discussion at the meeting focussed on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The First Minister voiced the concerns felt by many regarding the real life implications for Scotland of being removed from the EU. She emphasised the importance and benefits of the single market for the United Kingdom and the ability to trade freely across the United Kingdom.
The Council also discussed the importance of Early Years to children’s life chances. The First Minister outlined the Scottish Government’s approach and aim of transforming the lives of children and young people by giving them the best possible start in life.
The Communiqué that was issued by the British-Irish Council, after the meeting, can be found on the website at: