Date lodged: 3 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what was discussed at the Ministerial Forum (EU negotiations) on 17 September 2018; what conclusions were, or agreement was, reached; whether it will make a statement on these; what dates have been set for future meetings of the forum, and who will attend on its behalf.
Answered by: Graeme Dey 19 October 2018
The Ministerial Forum (EU negotiations) was established to focus on the key negotiating priorities for the future EU-UK relationship. On the 17 September 2018, discussion on trade in agri-food products and fishing took place and commitments were made to further joint work at official level to explore negotiating options. However, the UK Government is still insisting on pursuing a hard Brexit with all the damage for jobs and living standards that involves. The Scottish Government will continue to press the case for Single Market and Customs Union membership.
A forward plan for policy discussions at Ministerial Forums has been agreed however this plan is subject to change to accommodate the rhythm of negotiations and emerging priorities. The meetings will be attended by the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans alongside relevant portfolio Ministers determined by the agenda.
Under the terms of our Written Agreement with the Parliament, the Scottish Government continues to keep the Parliament updated on formal intergovernmental meetings like the Ministerial Forum (EU Negotiations) when dates and agendas are confirmed.