Date lodged: 14 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-07194 by Roseanna Cunningham on 1 March 2017, what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the impact on Scotland of the proposal to leave Euratom.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 3 August 2017
I wrote to Jessie Norman, who was at the time the responsible Minister at the UK Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, in February 2017, and to Greg Clark, UK Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, in July 2017. The Scottish Government's position was set out in these letters. They set out concerns about the UK Government's intention to leave Euratom, and the lack of consultation with the Scottish Government; the Scottish Government’s preference for membership of Euratom to continue, and if this is not possible, as a result of the UK Government’s negotiations on taking the UK out of the EU, for a form of associate membership of Euratom that maintains close joint arrangements on the widest range of issues, including external assurance and inspection; and that it is crucial that the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations are fully involved in discussions about the options for our future relationship with Euratom, and any replacement arrangements that are needed. A series of meetings is being arranged by UK Government officials to discuss the impacts of the proposal to leave Euratom with the devolved administrations.