European Parliament to retain Scottish office after Brexit

European Parliament to retain Scottish office after Brexit

The European Parliament will retain an office in Scotland following Brexit, BBC Scotland reports.

MEPs said the office would advise EU citizens living in Scotland and Scottish organisations seeking to maintain links with the EU.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani took the decision, which will see the office remain until the end of 2020.

The Scottish government said it hoped that the office would become a permanent one.

Labour MEP David Martin said the plan “absolute sense” as the UK is to continue operating under EU rules during that period, if it leaves the EU with a deal.

In contrast, the European Commission has already decided to close its Scottish office, despite attempts by the First Minister and others to keep it open.

A spokesperson for the Scottish government said: “We are pleased that the European Parliament is to retain its office in Edinburgh and hope that it will maintain a permanent presence.”

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