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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00535: Clare Adamson (Motherwell and Wishaw)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what response it has received to the publication of Scotland’s Place in Europe.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 11 January 2017

The Scottish Government has received a range of positive responses from across business, education, environment, health and legal sectors to the publication of Scotland’s Place in Europe on 20 December. They recognise that our proposals represent a serious and a genuine attempt to build consensus and to unify the country around a clear plan to protect Scotland’s interests.

Indeed, Professor Sir David Edward, former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities highlighted upon publication that:

“I believe that the Scottish Government is right to urge the UK Government to maintain the UK’s position within the Single Market, the Customs Union and the various forms of security and police co-operation. That is the primary proposal and I believe it merits the widest support across the political spectrum.”

“..I urge everyone who cares for the future of Scotland to read the Scottish Government’s paper with an open mind.”