Date lodged: 7 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding proposals to pay for access to the single market.
Answered by: Michael Russell 15 December 2016
The Scottish Government has not received any information of this sort from the UK Government. We have made clear in our engagement with the UK Government, including at the Joint Ministerial Committee on European Negotiations which met for the second time on 7 December 2016, that protecting our social and economic interests means staying in the single market. We will present a proposition for discussion with the UK Government shortly, which will be focused on keeping us in the single market even if the rest of the UK decides to leave. The next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) will be January 2017.