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Scots Secretary meets key groups

Mundell holds ‘Team UK’ Brexit talks with Scottish sectors

David MundellScottish Secretary David Mundell is to hold meetings over the summer with key sectors as part of the UK Government’s preparations for the Brexit talks with the EU.

He will assure them that Westminster will work in the best interests of all parts of the UK to ensure that Scottish interests are “fully represented” in the negotiations to come.  

Mr Mundell has called for a “Team UK” approach and has pledged to work closely with the Scottish Government.

The meetings come after the Secretary of State held a roundtable with Scottish business leaders in Edinburgh in early July.  Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop has also been meeting key stakeholders across the country in recent weeks.

Mr Mundell said: “I am looking forward to meeting groups from across Scotland to hear directly from them what their priorities are following the vote by the UK to leave the European Union. My task is to ensure that Scottish voices and interests are at the centre of the negotiations to come, and that is why this engagement is so important.

“We are determined to take a ‘Team UK’ approach to this process, working closely with the Scottish Government and other partners as we form our negotiating strategy, and we will look at any suggestions they put forward. At every step of the way, the UK Government will work to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people and for all parts of our United Kingdom. 

“While the UK is leaving the EU, we will of course remain part of Europe. The United Kingdom will always be an outward-looking, globally-minded country, which is very much open for business. Our economic position is a strong one, with employment high and the deficit down by nearly two-thirds. That is a strong basis from which to move forward as we forge a new role for ourselves in the world. “ 

Groups Mr Mundell will meet include:

Oil and gas sector

Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Start-ups

Armed forces

Young people at Young Scot

Local authorities

Creative industries

Farmers’ representatives

Legal sector

Scotland Office Minister Andrew Dunlop will also continue to meet a number of sectors over the summer, including businesses, the arts, tourism, food/drink and higher education.

 

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