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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06421: Maree Todd (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding whether the competencies reserved to the EU over (a) agriculture and (b) fisheries will be devolved after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 23 February 2017

We have yet to undertake formal engagement with the UK Government on the detailed arrangements relating to the “repatriation” of EU competencies in terms of fisheries and agriculture. The Scottish Government has made clear, however, its expectation that any powers transferred from the EU relating to devolved competencies, including fisheries and agriculture, should pass immediately and directly to the Scottish Parliament. We have, and will continue, to press UK Government Ministers for assurance on this point. It is disappointing that to date no such assurance has been forthcoming.