Implications of the EU Exit for Scotland

 

Background

The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016. Prime Minister Theresa May triggered this process on Wednesday 29 March 2017. It is anticipated that this will have significant ramifications for policy areas within the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s remit.

The outcome of the European Union (EU) referendum has caused great uncertainty for many stakeholder organisations. The Committee held some initial evidence sessions to provide a preliminary status report on stakeholder views. These focussed on the main areas of impact in the Committee’s remit – agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

At its meeting on 15 March 2017  the Committee discussed the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union on the fisheries sector. This was then followed by a further session on 22 March 2017  when the Committee discussed the impact on agriculture and forestry. On the 19 April 2017 , the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and the Minister of UK Negotiation for Scotland's Place appeared before the Committee to discuss the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union on all three areas - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 

Further sessions on the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union took place on -

29 November 2017 - Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and the Minister of UK Negotiation for Scotland's Place in Europe.

21 February 2018 - Agriculture and Fisheries stakeholder session  

6 June 2018 - Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and the Minister of UK Negotiation for Scotland's Place in Europe.

18 September 2019 - Implications of Brexit for the agriculture sector in Scotland

9 October 2019 - Implications of Brexit for the fisheries sector in Scotland

The Committee has also appointed Mike Rumbles MSP as EU reporter to monitor and assess the impact on issues within the REC Committee’s remit.

Correspondence with UK Government

In August 2017, the Convener wrote to invited Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to appear before the Committee to discuss the ongoing negotiations for the UK's departure from the European Union.

The Committee received a response from Mr Gove in November 2017.

On 22 February,  the Conveners of the Rural Economy and Connectivity and Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee wrote to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, inviting him to a future Committee meeting.

The Committee took evidence via video conference from Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 27 June 2018. During the meeting, the Secretary of State Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said he would share the correspondence he has had with the Scottish Government regarding farming subsidies funding post-Brexit with the Committee.

 On 15 May 2019, the Committee held a further session with from Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs via video conference.

Other Correspondence

Written Evidence

The Committee has received the following written evidence -

 

Implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland - Fisheries. Committee Meeting 15 March 2017.

 

 Implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland - Agriculture and Forestry. Committee Meeting 22 March 2017.

Implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland - Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and the Minister of UK Negotiation for Scotland's Place -Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Committee Meeting 19 April 2017.

Implications for Scotland of the UK's departure from the EU - Video conference with The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Agriculture and Fisheries. Committee Meeting 27 June 2018.

 
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