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S5W-13822: Joan McAlpine (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 12 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the latest analysis on the implications for Scotland’s economy of the UK leaving the EU.

Answered by: Michael Russell 15 January 2018

On 10 January the First Minister announced the publication of ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs, and Investment’. This paper presents the latest analysis by the Scottish Government of the implications for Scotland’s economy if the UK exits the European Union following our earlier publication in December 2016.

The paper sets out the future trade options the European Union has said will be available to the UK should it leave the EU. The evidence clearly demonstrates that Brexit will significantly weaken our economy and result in slower economic growth and lower incomes than otherwise, and that a UK outside the European Single Market and Customs Union will have the most damaging consequences for Scotland.

The paper also sets out the future opportunities for Scotland inside the Single Market as it expands and develops, and makes the case for the whole of the UK remaining a full member of the Single Market and Customs Union.

The Scottish Government therefore believes the UK Government should abandon its “red lines” on freedom of movement and the Court of Justice of the European Union before talks on the future relationship between the UK and the EU start later this year.

The people of Scotland voted decisively to remain within the European Union, and it is the role of the Scottish Government to continue making sure that their interests are protected.