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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01214: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Principles for Just Trade deals established by the Trade Justice Scotland Coalition.

Answered by: Keith Brown 6 September 2017

The Principles for Just Trade state that trade should be democratic, work in the public interest and do good.

This is consistent with the Scottish Government’s Trade and Investment Strategy.

The UK Government and the European Commission that trade agreements must not adversely affect the delivery of public services, or lower standards or limit the Government’s right to regulate in the public interest.

Since the vote to leave the EU, the UK Government’s approach to withdrawal has seemed to reject the principles of devolution, and the sharing of decision making across these islands. We will continue to challenge this approach and to promote the best possible outcome for Scotland.

We will seek to represent Scotland’s interests internationally and to ensure that these interests are met in future discussions.