Date lodged: 15 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to make EU environmental regulations enforceable after the UK leaves the EU.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 22 February 2017
The Scottish Government’s paper 'Scotland's Place in Europe' sets out our view that full membership of the European single market is the best outcome not just for Scotland but for the whole of the UK. We have set out proposals for staying in the single market even if the rest of the UK chooses to leave. The importance of the single market is recognised by the Scottish Parliament which voted by a clear majority on 17 January 2017 for Scotland’s place in the single market to be protected.
We believe this can be best achieved through membership to the European Economic Area (EEA). This would require on-going compliance with many existing EU environmental protections, which would be enforced through the European Free Trade Agreement structures under the EEA Agreement.