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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-01041: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 27 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, following the result of the EU referendum, whether it will seek to maintain and implement minimum standards of environmental protection as required by the EU birds and habitat directives and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 25 July 2016

At present, the UK remains a member state of the European Union. The Scottish Government has been clear in its belief that European Union membership delivers many social, economic and cultural benefits for individuals, business and communities across Scotland. The Scottish Government’s priority is to protect Scotland’s interests and we are considering all possible options to ensure Scotland’s continuing relationship with Europe. There are no plans to revoke or amend domestic legislation giving effect to the requirements of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives in Scotland as a result of the outcome of the EU referendum.