Date lodged: 13 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide copies of any emails or notifications from (a) ministers and (b) special advisers to its officials informing them of the prospect of a second independence referendum and/or instructing them on the readiness of legislation that may enable it; how many of its officials were notified; which departments received such a communication, and what responses it received.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 15 March 2017
On 24 June 2016, following the result of the EU referendum, the First Minister made it clear that she would respond to the democratic decision taken by the people of Scotland and explore all options to protect Scotland’s vital national interests. This included providing as much immediate reassurance and certainty as possible, taking all possible steps and exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU and place in the single market, and consideration of a further independence referendum if it became clear that was the only or best way of protecting Scotland’s interests.
All staff in the Scottish Government were informed of these commitments through internal communications.