Date lodged: 23 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions the justice secretary has had with ministerial colleagues regarding the impact of Brexit on matters within his portfolio.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 31 January 2019
The existing EU arrangements give operational partners access to vital tools and databases to help them rapidly prevent and detect crime. The impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU has implications in Scotland for how we deliver justice and safeguard the public. Leaving the EU also impacts on businesses, families and individuals in relation to civil law.
I am in regular discussion with my ministerial colleagues regarding the impact of Brexit, including as part of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee, which is meeting each week to consider what needs to be done, to ensure that we are fully prepared for all EU exit eventualities. Stakeholders including Police Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service are closely involved in work to prepare for EU exit. The Chief Constable of Police Scotland has recently decided to bring forward the recruitment of 120 officers in this financial year to ensure capacity and resilience is in place to prepare against a range of contingencies.