Date lodged: 7 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of what the economic impact could be of Scotland ceasing to have regulatory alignment with the rest of the UK.
Answered by: Keith Brown 19 December 2017
The Scottish Government was clear in Scotland's Place in Europe that short of full membership of the EU, continued membership of the European Single Market is the best solution for both Scotland and the UK as a whole. In such a scenario Scotland would have regulatory alignment with the rest of the European Union which would include the rest of the UK.
Scotland’s Place in Europe also proposed a differentiated solution for Scotland, should the UK Government decide to press ahead with a hard Brexit. In those circumstances Scotland would maintain membership of the European Single Market, and customs free trade with the UK, alongside a UK wide approach to ensuring regulatory compatibility.