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S5W-09230: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it will replace the role of the European (a) Commission and (b) Court of Justice in ensuring that the relevant authorities in Scotland are held to account with regard to the enforcement of environmental legislation after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 31 May 2017

The environment has been an important area of EU regulation that has allowed Scotland to achieve high levels of pollution control and environmental quality in Scotland and help influence the development of those standards across Europe. As set out in the Scottish Government’s paper 'Scotland's Place in Europe', we remain committed to maintaining, protecting and enhancing our environment.

How relevant authorities are held to account after the UK leaves the EU will depend on the nature of the relationship that the UK negotiates with the EU and the Scottish Government remains committed to full engagement in negotiations with the UK Government to protects Scotland’s interests.