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S5W-21853: Tom Arthur (Renfrewshire South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the UK Parliament’s delay in holding the meaningful vote has had on its Brexit planning.

Answered by: Michael Russell 12 March 2019

Our planning for Brexit is well underway, but hampered by the lack of clarity surrounding the multiple scenarios that could ensue from the UK Government’s approach. As a responsible government we continue to prepare for the impact all outcomes, including a no deal exit, would have on Scotland.

The Scottish Government and Parliament are ensuring that the necessary secondary legislation is in place. We also continue to seek assurances from the UK Government that they will deliver their own legislative programme on time in order to protect Scotland’s interests. The Scottish Government Resilience Committee is meeting weekly and staff resources are increasingly being directed towards those areas with specific ‘no deal’ impacts, for example, transport and food and drink.

However, while we will do everything we can to prepare, we will not be able to mitigate all of the impacts of Brexit on Scotland as many critical issues affecting our interests are reserved and the responsibility of the UK Government; and because any exit from the EU single market, especially a chaotic one, will inevitably have a negative impact on Scottish business, jobs and prosperity.