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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10770: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 15 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the impact will be on access to cross-border justice in Scotland, such as the principle of mutual recognition and direct judicial cooperation, of the UK leaving the EU.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 12 September 2017

The Scottish Government believes that access to all EU security, law enforcement and civil judicial co-operation measures are of clear benefit to Scotland. Leaving the EU will put at risk participation in these measures and threatens the deep and special relationship that currently exists between our justice agencies and legal professionals and their EU counterparts including Europol and EUROJUST.

Since the outcome of the EU referendum we have urged the UK Government to provide clarity and certainty on co-operation measures, which have a direct impact on Scotland’s independent Justice system. We believe that access to all of these measures, including direct civil judicial cooperation instruments, is threatened by the exit pathway set by the UK Government to-date and reflected in the negotiating priorities set.