What is the Scottish Government saying to the EU on Brexit?
We asked the EU Committee of the Regions to share any recent communications from the Scottish Government, using FOI legislation. We got these three letters back, all sent by the Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP.
December 20, 2016. Scottish Government Brexit Plan
Late in 2016, Fiona Hyslop wrote to the President of the EU Committee of the Region, Markus Markuu, alerting him to the Scottish Government's Scotland in Europe proposals urging him to: "give these proposals serious consideration as a constructive contribution to this debate and will encourage others to do likewise."
March 22, 2017, Indyref 2
This letter from Fiona Hyslop includes a copy of the entire speech Nicola Sturgeon gave, when she declared that a second independence referendum was back on the cards.
On the proposed poll, the Minister reiterated to her EU-colleagues: "That choice will only be put to the people when there is clarity on the emerging outcome of the Brexit negotiations, alongside which we will also set out clear proposals for an independent Scotland."
April 18, 2017. Great Repeal Bill
Not long after writing to the EU about the Scottish Government plans for a second referendum, Ms Hyslop wrote once more. This time, to underline the Scottish Government's concerns over the Great Repeal Bill.
She said: "The Scottish Government is deeply concerned that this Bill could see competencies removed from the Scottish Parliament which would be wholly unacceptable.
"In our view, the White Paper that the UK Government published on the Bill presents a very real risk that in devolved areas such as agriculture, fisheries and the environment, powers will be taken back by the UK Government after Brexit. The Scottish Government will continue to oppose any such move.