Holyrood committee launches inquiry into UK’s future relationship with EU

Holyrood committee launches inquiry into UK's future relationship with EU

An inquiry into the UK’s future relationship with the European Union is to be conducted by the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee.

The inquiry will look at the implications for Scotland of the proposed referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU and the UK government’s EU reform agenda.

The committee will also take a close look at how the Scottish Parliament and Scottish ministers are involved in discussions on both the referendum and reform negotiations.

Speaking as the inquiry launched, committee convener Christina McKelvie MSP, said: “The UK government’s referendum and reform agenda are likely to have profound implications for Scotland’s own relationship with the EU.

“With Europe increasingly dominating the political agenda, it is important that the Scottish Parliament plays an active role in the debate and provides a forum for the people of Scotland to have their say.”

The referendum will be the focus of the committee’s evidence sessions in November and December, whilst attention is expected to shift to the reform agenda in the New Year.

MSPs will explore what possible reforms to the EU might mean to Scotland.

Deputy convener, Hanzala Malik MSP, said: “The outcomes of the negotiations on reform of the EU are likely to be an influential factor in the result of the referendum.

“The committee will look closely at the negotiations as they develop, but in particular we are seeking views as to what the implications may be for Scotland.

“We also want to ensure that the people of Scotland have their voices heard in Brussels and London.

“We will be looking at what arrangements are in place for Scottish Ministers and parliamentarians to be consulted and informed both during these negotiations and on other talks where they relate directly to devolved policy matters.”

The Committee is seeking views on the implications for Scotland of the referendum, reform and intergovernmental relations. For more details, please see the call for evidence.

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